Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Leaky, Leaky

Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security of the US president’s communications.


[Trump] urged Mexican, French and Canadian leaders to contact him directly, bypassing the traditional secure phone lines.

Does he think the NSA can't monitor those calls? Or is he just hoping the Russians can?

They've got his number in both senses now.
Presidents generally place calls on one of several secure phone lines, including those in the White House Situation Room, the Oval Office or the presidential limousine. Even if Trump uses his government-issued cellphone, his calls are vulnerable to eavesdropping, particularly from foreign governments, national security experts say.


The notion of world leaders calling each other up via cellphone may seem unremarkable in the modern, mobile world. But in the diplomatic arena, where leader-to-leader calls are highly orchestrated affairs, it is another notable breach of protocol for a president who has expressed distrust of official channels.


Throughout last year’s presidential campaign, [Trump] lambasted Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while she was secretary of state, insisting she should not be given access to classified information because she would leave it vulnerable to foreign foes.
And he won, didn't he?

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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