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Uruguay: Prisoner taps US ambassador cellphone

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — A prisoner in Uruguay has tapped into the U.S. ambassador's cellphone and sent messages to some of her contacts.

Officials said Tuesday that the inmate had access to Amb. Julissa Reynoso's voice messages.

Reynoso is in the U.S., joining President Jose Mujica on his official visit to Washington D.C. She told Uruguay's Canal 10 TV that the inmate used her voice mail password and sent messages to some of her contacts.

The inmate's identity has not been revealed.

The ambassador reportedly filed a complaint with Uruguay's interior ministry. Embassy officials declined to comment.

Radio station FM Gente said police discovered the inmate had access to the ambassador's phone while investigating him for other frauds.

Maldonado police spokesman Victor Iraola said the station's information is correct, but declined to provide details.

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