Putin hands out bugged goodie bags at G20 Summit
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#1 Oct 31, 2013
Russia’s goodie bag gifts ‘bugged’ G-20 delegates
Vladimir Putin and President Obama appeared to patch up their feud during the G-20 summit, but according to reports, Russia used the occasion to spy on attendees.
Photo: AP photos
They’re spies like us!
Crafty Russian operatives gave goodie bags to world powers at the G-20 summit with USB drives and phone chargers — but they were “Trojan Horses” designed to download info and send it back to the motherland.
The cloak-and-dagger spy game played out at last month’s conference in St. Petersburg, where Vladimir Putin and President Obama appeared to patch up their feud.
But little did Obama know that Putin’s henchmen were making sure every delegate at the G-20 walked out with equipment that could compromise state secrets.
The clever Boris-and-Natasha ploy was reported Tuesday by the major Italian newspapers La Stampa and Corriere della Sera as the US remains under fire for NSA spying on world leaders’ phone calls.
#2 Oct 31, 2013
European Union President Herman Van Rompuy became suspicious of the gift-bag devices, which bore the red-and-blue “Russia G20” logo, so he asked technical experts in Belgium and Germany to check them out, according to EU sources.
German intelligence determined the three-pronged mobile-phone chargers could tap into e-mails, text messages and phone calls and, like the USB thumb drives, were a “poisoned gift” from summit host Putin, La Stampa said.
Italian media — which have been expressing outrage for months over alleged NSA excesses — reported Tuesday that a warning went out to all G-20 members about the dangerous gifts.
The two newspapers said all “delegates” at the Sept. 5-6 gathering were given the goodie bags. It wasn’t clear if any world leaders received the tainted gifts directly.
Putin’s spokesman denied the allegations.
“It is definitely nothing other than an attempt to switch attention from the problems that really exist,” Dmitry Peskov said.
Ironically, the G-20 summit was hailed as a breakthrough conference where Obama and Putin were said to have smoothed over the bitterness that had just intensified when the Kremlin granted NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum in Russia.
The latest incident recalled the “Trojan Horse” scandal of the early Cold War, when Soviet schoolchildren presented a wooden replica of the Great Seal of the United States to the US ambassador to Russia. The seal hung in the ambassador’s residential office for six years before US officials found it contained an eavesdropping bug.
Earlier this year, the Kremlin expressed outrage over reports that Britain had spied on delegates at two previous G-20 summits via compromised Internet cafes and by hacking into BlackBerrys.
#3 Oct 31, 2013
Remember a few weeks ago when Russian officials were making monkey jokes about Barry?(Rogozin said that the US behaved like "a monkey with a hand grenade.") Do you think that maybe Putin is just being a smart ass and making fun of Barry and the United States once again?
They have far more sophisticated ways of bugging people. Do you think Putin would be so ham-handed as to attempt to bug foreign leaders with a goodie bag? I think he might just be expressing how much disdain he has for the incompetent.
#4 Oct 31, 2013
Out of all the writing in the three posts, I have to agree with last sentence of third post.
I think he is expressing his disdain for the incompetent and is playing a cat and mouse game in this situation, Putin being the cat, guess who's the mouse!
Stalin and those who followed, Malenkov, Molotov, Khrushchev and the others, took the US seriously during their residencies but honestly how can Putin or anyone else take what's his face seriously.
Taking a word from a Christmas cartoon, you all definitely have the bumble in the white house.
Statesman. Politician. Obama. HAHAHAHAH!!!
If the US is ever again taken seriously in the politics and machinations of the world, it will take years, decades and very possibly never to overcome these past 5 and next 3 years.
Lithuania has more credibility than the US.
#5 Oct 31, 2013
The third comment was mine.
I find it hard to believe the Russians would be so obvious. They have far better ways of tapping phones than by using chargers and memory sticks. And Putin had to know that someone would inspect these things.
This had to be another jab at Barry, just like the monkey jokes.
Bush 43 left much to be desired, but at least Putin wasn't taking potshots at him. That means he must have zero respect for the "boy" emperor.
Since: Dec 11
#6 Nov 1, 2013
He's a dirt bag and they know it. So do we.
#7 Nov 2, 2013
Barry will hand out bugged butt plugs at the next one.
#8 Nov 5, 2013
What world leader (retard) would accept computer and phone equipment from another world leader? Putin is so James Bond, I absolutely love him. It was probably a jab at Barry...LOL. Putin's the man.
#9 Nov 5, 2013
The computer and phone equip. was probably a distraction. Putin probably bugged their food. Remember Putin is like James Bond.
#10 Nov 5, 2013
Obammy, the working man's and woman's enemy.
Wonder when the communist in chief will send the goon squads into the coal fields. When it shuts down enough coal powered power plants to get the Kentuckians and West Virginians to revolt. That's what it is pushing for. Hope it gets it accomplished in the next three years.
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