Friday, March 10, 2017

Hotel Spying Fears

Last week, New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria hotel closed for two years of renovations amid ongoing concerns that the Chinese government could be spying on guests. 

For decades, US government officials stayed at the hotel during the United Nations General Assembly. But in 2015, after the Waldorf was sold to the Chinese Anbang Insurance Group Ltd, President Obama and State Department officials moved elsewhere, citing security concerns.

Last month, New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams speculated that the reason for the renovations is that the hotel “is getting hardwired”...

Worries about espionage could lead not just political officials but also business executives to steer clear of properties owned by Anbang and other foreign companies. It’s common knowledge that governments —including the US, France and China — spy on foreign businesses. more

Extra Credit Reading: Who's Watching You In Your Hotel Room? ...and more