M.N.: The “Chinese Mask” Unmasked: “This did not happen. There’s no truth to this.” – Apple’s Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

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Amazon’s denials of the report and Apple sent a letter to Congress saying the report was without merit.
Apple earlier issued a lengthy, stern response on its company blog, saying in part:
“Apple has never found malicious chips in our servers. … Finally, in response to questions we have received from other news organizations since Businessweek published its story, we are not under any kind of gag order or other confidentiality obligations.”

M.N.: The “Chinese Mask” Unmasked:

“This did not happen. There’s no truth to this.” – Apple’s Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

M.N.: This is the source of the Counterintelligence errors: the blatant politicization, which is quite evident in this case, it seems. We believe what our higher-ups  want or signal to us to believe, consciously and unconsciously, overtly and covertly. Can we have some explanation of this phenomenon? The problem is that it shifts the perceptions of preferences and priorities, and thus affects the process of identifying the adversary and their operations correctly. 

For example, where is the “ISIS” and the “100 Years Battle with it” now? Gone with the wind and with the winds, just a vague memory. Why was it not assessed correctly? Why was not assessed correctly the Soviet “Survivability Index” some years ago? 

Apple CEO Tim Cook has upped the ante in its denial of an investigative report claiming a Chinese spy chip was embedded into the tech giant’s servers, telling BuzzFeed News that Bloomberg must retract the story–“This did not happen. There’s no truth to this.”

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Apple’s Tim Cook demands Chinese spy chip story to be retracted by Bloomberg

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has upped the ante in its denial of an investigative report claiming a Chinese spy chip was embedded into the tech giant’s servers, telling BuzzFeed News that Bloomberg must retract the story–“This did not happen. There’s no truth to this.”
“I was involved in our response to this story from the beginning,” Cook said according to Buzzfeed. “I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell who was then our general counsel. We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions. … Each time they brought this up to us, the story changed and each time we investigated we found nothing.”

“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook added in the interview. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”
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Bloomberg issued a statement to Buzzfeed, saying it stands by its reporting, which included spending more than a year on the story and more than 100 interviews.
“Seventeen individual sources, including government officials and insiders at the companies, confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the attacks,” the spokesman told the news organization. “We also published three companies’ full statements, as well as a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources.”
Bloomberg Businessweek in its October story alleged that data center hardware used by Apple and Amazon Web Services, provided by server company Super Micro, was under surveillance by the Chinese government.
Amazon denied that its hardware had been compromised, the Department of Homeland Security said it had “no reason to doubt” Apple and Amazon’s denials of the report and Apple sent a letter to Congress saying the report was without merit.
Apple earlier issued a lengthy, stern response on its company blog, saying in part:
“Apple has never found malicious chips in our servers. … Finally, in response to questions we have received from other news organizations since Businessweek published its story, we are not under any kind of gag order or other confidentiality obligations.”

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Continued Obstacles Threaten Future of FARC Peace Process in ColombiaA transitional justice system formed after the signing of a historic peace agreement with Colombia’s FARC rebels to try former fighters for crimes committed during the country’s decades-long armed conflict continues to face obstacles, further threatening the possibility of achieving lasting peace in the country.The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz – JEP) was set up after the Colombian government and the now largely demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – FARC) signed a peace agreement in 2016.SEE ALSO: Coverage of FARC PeaceThe purpose of the JEP is to “administer transitional justice and make known the crimes committed in the framework of the armed conflict before December 1, 2016,” according to the institution.Below, InSight Crime looks at three obstacles that are hindering the JEP’s ability to move the peace process forward.

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Under the peace agreement, only former FARC fighters who did not commit crimes after 2016 can benefit from the JEP. However, since it was established, there have been reports of high profile former guerrilla members being included in the special jurisdiction’s list.

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