"Putin, by his own admission, does not have a cell phone for the Americans to tap."


Wed, Mar 26th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Reportedly, because of Russian President Vladmir Putin’s adverse relationship towards technology, U.S. spy agencies “could not intercept any communications on the start of the Crimean invasion.” Putin may have been derided in the past for being a technophobe, but Snowden’s revelations could have made him the smartest political figure to date.

[...] Unlike German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose phone was tapped for years by the U.S. National Security Agency, Putin does not do text messaging. He has no social-networking pages. He gets his news from the daily briefings of his own spy agencies. And as early as 2005, at the start of his second term as President, Putin said that he does not own a cell phone.

“If I had a mobile phone, it would never stop ringing,” Putin said when asked about this most recently in 2010. “More than that, when my home phone rings, I don’t ever answer it.”

That seems astounding for the leader of a country that has more activated cell phones than people and more Internet users than any other nation in Europe. But in some ways Putin’s technophobia is part of a Russian tradition older than the telephone itself: an aversion to blabbering that has been hardwired into the national psyche after a century of life in an industrial police state. [...]



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