U.S. to intervene disputes between BlackBerry maker, foreign governments

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that the United States will hold talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the ban on BlackBerry messaging services in the Gulf country.

"We are taking time to consult and analyze the full range of interests and issues at stake because we know that there is a legitimate security concern, but there's also a legitimate right of free use and access," the secretary told a news conference.

"We will be pursuing both technical and expert discussions as we go forward," she added.

Clinton's spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters at the daily press briefing that the administration has been reaching out to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India and other countries, and the Canada- based BlackBerry maker RIM, who operates the BlackBerry network worldwide.

Crowley said the administration has been trying to determine " how to meet both the security needs that these countries are expressing and also ensure the free flow of information as we are apt to."

RIM has been under mounting pressure by authorities in these countries to provide greater access to the BlackBerry network's encryption system for security concerns.

The UAE has decided to suspend BlackBerry's messaging, email and browsing services starting in October. Both Saudi Arabia and India have also threatened to take similar ban soon.

But Washington worries that these governments have been leveraging the so-called concerns over terrorism to strengthen political control over their people.

Source: Xinhua


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