Monday 23 July 2018
And they're checking the football for bugs. As well they might - do we all know this story?
In 1945, "Soviet schoolchildren" presented to the U.S. ambassador, Averell Harriman, a wooden carving of the Great Seal of the United States. He hung the trophy in his office. In 1952 (under one of his successors), a routine security check revealed that the seal contained a substantial resonating cavity and of course a microphone. The Russians were able to activate the device remotely: it transmitted a signal to a nearby monitoring station. You can see a replica of the object in the NSA museum in Fort Meade, Maryland.
What their successors will make of anything they pick up from the Trump household is anyone's guess. Since in the privacy of his living room he probably declares war on them a couple of times a week, the traffic on the Big Red Telephone could shortly be increasing a little.