On Thursday, Beijing and Moscow denied a New York Times article claiming that their services listened to Donald Trump’s mobile phone.
The American newspaper, which quotes anonymous official sources, says that Chinese and Russian services listen to the communications passed by the American president from his iPhone and use these conversations to adjust their policy vis-à-vis the United States.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, who was questioned during a press briefing, joked about the news, saying that “some people will stop at nothing to win the Best Screenplay Oscar.”
Using the same charge as Donald Trump for the prestigious New York daily, Hua Chunying said the article was “a new piece of fake news” by The New York Times.
For the Trump administration, she added that if the latter feared that Apple-branded phones are being listened to, “it should replace them with Huawei phones,” a Chinese brand that has become the world’s second largest in the industry.
In the name of national security, the use of Huawei phones is already banned in the United States to military and public servants.
And if the United States wants total security, “they should stop using modern means of communication and cut off all contacts with the outside world,” the Chinese spokeswoman said.
In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also questioned the credibility of the New York Times, seeing in his information a “decline of journalistic standards”.
The daily did not provide much details about the supposed espionage activities of Beijing and Moscow, simply explaining that presidential communications were intercepted during their routing through the US cellular network.
Zarya Jones is a reporter for Oak Tribune. After graduating from NYU with a master degree in sociology, Zarya got an internship at WABC-TV New York and worked on profiling local businesses. Zarya was also a columnist for the NPR. Zarya mostly covers business and community events.