The soccer ball that Russian leader Vladimir Putin offered his US counterpart, Donald Trump, during the summit in Helsinki, is equipped with a chip, the Bloomberg news agency reported.
According to the media, the NFC (proximity field communication) chip is capable of exchanging data at a distance of up to 10 centimeters and has access to Adidas exclusive content, such as soccer videos or matches.
For its part, the company itself did not comment on a possible cyber-attack or potential replacement of the device by Russia.
In other words, it is Adidas itself that chips its equipment, ostensibly for sales and marketing reasons. That the chip was ‘found’ is spurious at best, since both Trump administration security experts as well as the manufacturer itself are abundantly aware of the Adidas practice of chipping its equipment.
Thus, FRN finds the headline misleading, and labels it ‘Fake News’. Many readers only read headlines, which shape their opinions and attitudes. Even if within the article it is discernible that in fact nothing unusual happened, the framing by Bloomberg is clearly designed to leave headline-alone readers with a false impression. Even the text of the article itself does not lend itself to clarity per se.
The Russian president offered the 2018 World Cup ball to Donald Trump during the bilateral summit that took place on July 16 in the Finnish capital Helsinki. In turn, the American leader passed without hesitating the ball to his wife to later deliver it to his son, Barron.
“Mr President [Trump] has just said that we have successfully organized the World Cup, so I want to give you this ball, it is now on your side,” Putin said.
In exchange, Trump offered Putin a shirt from Russian hockey player Aleksandr Ovechkin, who plays for the Washington Capitals club, as well as a hockey puck.
Bloomberg also reported that during the recent meeting with Trump in Helsinki, Putin proposed holding a referendum in eastern Ukraine under the auspices of international organizations so that local residents could determine the status of the separatist territories themselves .
“This proposal was discussed, but no reaction was followed,” the Kremlin’s Ushakov told Izvestia newspaper in an interview.
The conflict in Donbass began in 2014 when Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, who refused to recognize the new government in Kiev after the coup in Maidan Square.
In February 2015, the parties to the conflict signed the Minsk peace agreements to end hostilities in the region. Despite this, the situation remained tense, with both parties accusing each other of breaches of the cease-fire.