Russian and Chinese intelligence services wiretap personal phones of the U.S. President Donald Trump, as The New York Times referring to the former and current sources in the American special services.
The U.S. special services found out about this from the sources in the governments of the other countries and by interceptions of the communications between foreign officials.
Donald Trump usually uses protected landlines, yet he did not refuse from personal phones.
It appeared that Rump has two iPhones – one for business talks and one more for personal. The experts of the National Security Agency has modified “business” talks of the U.S. President, but could not receive “personal” ones.
“Mr. Trump’s aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well. But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones. White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them,” the news agency reports.
Despite the firmware of the NSA, the phones are not protected completely, as cell towers, cables and switchboards, to which the experts on hacking of another country might connect to it.
“The officials said they have also determined that China is seeking to use what it is learning from the calls — how Mr. Trump thinks, what arguments tend to sway him and to whom he is inclined to listen — to keep a trade war with the United States from escalating further. In what amounts to a marriage of lobbying and espionage, the Chinese have pieced together a list of the people with whom Mr. Trump regularly speaks in hopes of using them to influence the president, the officials said,” the message says.
Russians’ motives are harder to understand, but the U.S. considers Russian intelligence “less a threat”.
During the pre-election campaign, Trump himself was criticizing his opponent Hilary Clinton for using personal mail for business correspondence.