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Wed Jul 25, 2018, 12:44 PM

Putin's Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Source: Bloomberg

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump last week set off a chorus of warnings -- some of them only half in jest -- that the World Cup souvenir could be bugged. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham even tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.”

It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones.

But rather than a spy device, the chip is an advertised feature of the Adidas AG ball. Photographs from the news conference in Helsinki, where Putin handed the ball to Trump, show it bore a logo for a near-field communication tag. During manufacturing, the NFC chip is placed inside the ball under that logo, which resembles the icon for a WiFi signal, according to the Adidas website.

The chip allows fans to access player videos, competitions and other content by bringing their mobile devices close to the ball. The feature is included in the 2018 FIFA World Cup match ball that’s sold on the Adidas website for $165 (reduced to $83 in the past week).

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-25/putin-soccer-ball-for-trump-had-transmitter-chip-logo-indicates

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Reply Putin's Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates (Original post)
demmiblue Jul 2018 OP
ck4829 Jul 2018 #1
7962 Jul 2018 #12
ck4829 Jul 2018 #24
kimbutgar Jul 2018 #2
RainCaster Jul 2018 #15
erronis Jul 2018 #16
sandensea Jul 2018 #3
dhill926 Jul 2018 #20
sandensea Jul 2018 #21
dhill926 Jul 2018 #22
sandensea Jul 2018 #23
jcgoldie Jul 2018 #4
colorado_ufo Jul 2018 #10
Demit Jul 2018 #5
peekaloo Jul 2018 #7
2naSalit Jul 2018 #6
unitedwethrive Jul 2018 #8
ck4829 Jul 2018 #25
question everything Jul 2018 #9
colorado_ufo Jul 2018 #11
FakeNoose Jul 2018 #14
usaf-vet Jul 2018 #13
Fritz Walter Jul 2018 #18
erronis Jul 2018 #19
caballojm Jul 2018 #17
MontanaMama Jul 2018 #26
jmowreader Jul 2018 #27

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 12:45 PM

1. And I'm sure GRU/FSB didn't modify it in *any* way at all, right?

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 01:56 PM

12. I dont even know why you'd think such a thing

 

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Response to 7962 (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 07:45 PM

24. Oh those scamps

Giving polonium to dissidents and blowing up their own people in 1999... but putting their own transmitter in a soccer ball, now that's just plain silly I suppose. Maybe.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 12:47 PM

2. Probably sits in the Oval Office listening to everything that is uttered

You bet Putin put a bug in there.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 03:13 PM

15. He will hear no intelligent conversations

Truly

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 03:25 PM

16. No need for a listening device when the puppet is programmed to speak pute's shit

Maybe the listening device would be useful to hear the collective gasps of the trumpolytes when it surpasses even their expectations.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 12:51 PM

3. Probably filled with $1000 bills too.

Or diamonds.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 04:17 PM

20. I'm thinking Viagra....

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #20)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 04:21 PM

21. Ah. So now we know how Cheeto's regime will end.

Like former right-wing Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha, who famously died after taking Viagra for one of his orgies.

But not before stealing over $300 million form the treasury.



Gen. Sani Abacha. Nigeria's anwer to Trump.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #21)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 04:22 PM

22. I would gladly sacrifice $300 million at this point....

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Response to dhill926 (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 04:23 PM

23. I would too.

If I had $10 billion.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 12:52 PM

4. In Trump's defense...

Maybe he asked Putin if the ball was bugged and he was extremely strong and forceful in denying it...

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 01:50 PM

10. Scorrrrrrre!!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 12:56 PM

5. I'm still grossed out at how he threw the ball at his wife.

 

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Response to Demit (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 01:06 PM

7. " See Melanie, he doesn't have me by the ball(s)"

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 12:57 PM

6. Bet that's not all it contains...nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 01:26 PM

8. The perfect vehicle for a spy chip...since it already has a chip, it would be easy to replace it.

But, I'm sure Vlad would never do something like that.

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Response to unitedwethrive (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 07:48 PM

25. Exactly

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 01:48 PM

9. They don't need a listening device. They get all they need directly from the horse's

ass

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Response to question everything (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 01:51 PM

11. This!

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Response to question everything (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 02:59 PM

14. I'm sure they talk frequently on Cheeto's cellphone

Why do you think he's up at 3 in the morning? He's talking to Pootie in Moscow, where it's about noon or 1 p.m.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 02:02 PM

13. Trump and I are the same age. One clear difference, besides the fact, I'm not a Russian agent...

.... is I have advanced my technology skill where as he is still lives in the Texas Instrument hand held calculator stage. He is such a narcissist that he believes he and only he understands the world. He is a true useful idiot.

He won't take advice from any of his advisors and now wants to eliminate intelligence clearances for most if not all former intelligence professionals.

Bringing Russian agents into the oval office. Taking the word of Putin over the US intelligence sources. And now possibly carrying a Russian bugged device into the oval office. Shows just how useful the idiot really is.

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 03:28 PM

18. "Useful idiot"? He's a "very stable genius," doncha' know?

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Response to usaf-vet (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 03:28 PM

19. Yup - me too - same age. But I don't think the dump could operate a TI - just an iPhone.

I guess the Apple i-Devices are really dumbed down enough for even the dump.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 03:26 PM

17. A soccer ball? He should have put it at the bottom of a bucket of KFC.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 07:54 PM

26. Great idea!

Only downside is Spanky would’ve hogged down on the KFC and the listening device would have found its way to the golden throne during executive time. 🤮

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2018, 09:00 PM

27. The Russians already bugged the Oval Office

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