Twitter Freaks Out Over Russian-Made Telecom Equipment in the White House

Twitter Freaks Out Over Russian-Made Telecom Equipment in the White House

The Trump-Russia conspiracy theorists were quick to assume that the Kremlin had a direct line to the White House.

Twitter exploded after it was revealed that the White House uses Russian-supplied equipment for encrypted communication between Moscow and Washington. What the anti-Trump horde refused to acknowledge is that it has been in use for more than half a century.

Russian media revealed the provenance of the direct line on Thursday, stating that part of the state-owned tech company Rostec had developed an encrypted communication complex to connect Moscow and Washington.

Olga Lautman, who calls herself a freelance investigative journalist, posted screenshots on Twitter of an article that was Google-translated from Russian into English.

The post quickly drew attention and as of Thursday morning was shared over 800 times.

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Mention of Russia quickly set off the conspiracy nuts that the Kremlin had a direct line to President Trump. Others were more logical and wanted confirmation, and only a few people took note of the fact that the line has actually been functioning since its installation in 1963, during the Cuban missile crisis.

There were more calm voices in the avalanche of reaction, however, with some suggesting that the Russian president is “just trolling us.”

RT reposts:

Some conspiracy theorists will likely claim that the use of Russian-made telecommunications equipment for the hotline between the two world powers constitutes more “proof” for the Mueller investigation.

But did Russians indeed sneak into the president’s residence to install their special spying tools? Actually, no, and only a few people took note of the fact that the line has actually been functioning since its installation in 1963, during the Cuban missile crisis.

The Russian-made equipment for the hotline was tested by US specialists and recommended for use, a Rostec official told Ria Novosti. “Russian-made equipment has been used exclusively ever since the hotline came about,” he said.

 


 

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