Leaked German poll results lead to Twittergate

Graham Cluley

According to newspaper reports, Twitter has been at the centre of a political storm in Germany after news of the president’s re-election leaked out on the micro-blogging website.

Julia Klöckner, of chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, posted on Twitter

“People, you can watch the football in peace. The vote was a success.”

fifteen minutes before Horst Köhler’s re-election was officially announced last Saturday.

Meanwhile, the SPD’s Ulrich Kelber prematurely posted the result on the internet, with even more details:

“The count is confirmed: 613 votes. Köhler is elected.

Senior members of the Bundestag are said to be concerned that the leaks via Twitter are undermining the dignity of the German parliament, and that fellow politicians should exercise…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.