Cracking The Code Lillehammer '94

February 26, 1994

LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- In what was described as a "stupid, foolish mistake," perhaps as many as 100 American journalists peeked into figure skater Tonya Harding's private electronic mailbox at the Olympics.

No one claimed to have read any of Harding's mail, or used the information in any way.

"It was a spur-of-the-moment thing after we got back from having pizza at 2 a.m.," said Michelle Kaufman of The Detroit Free Press. "Someone said they heard this was Tonya's code and we wondered if it would work.

"But we never opened any messages," Kaufman said. "There were none sent under her name. We made a joke -- something about her not being smart enough to figure out how to get to her mail -- and closed the file and walked away."

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