Saturday, November 29, 2008

UK: Russia's Teapot Gift to Queen 'Could Have Been Bugged'

Matthew Moore writes on The Telegraph:

The urn was identified as a possible spying device on a recent security sweep of the royal residence, according to reports.

The ornate 2ft samovar was presented to the monarch around 20 years ago, and had been kept in the corner of a drawing room on the Aberdeenshire estate.

But now British anti-surveillance experts have insisted that it be removed, amid fears that its arcane Eastern Bloc wiring could contain a listening device.

Any bug inside the teapot could have picked up details of the Queen's conversations with prime ministers and other world leaders, as well as private discussions between members of the Royal Family.

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