John Paczkowski and Joseph Bernstein, reporting for BuzzFeed News:
“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed
News in a phone interview.
This is an extraordinary statement from Cook and Apple. The
company has never previously publicly (though it may have done so
privately) called for the retraction of a news story — even in
cases where the stories have had major errors, or were
demonstrably false, such as a This American Life episode that
was shown to be fabricated.
Reached for comment, Bloomberg reiterated its previous defense of
the story. “Bloomberg Businessweek’s investigation is the result
of more than a year of reporting, during which we conducted more
than 100 interviews,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in
response to a series of questions. “Seventeen individual sources,
including government officials and insiders at the companies,
confirmed the manipulation of hardware and other elements of the
attacks. We also published three companies’ full statements, as
well as a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We
stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and
I’m calling it now. Bloomberg is fucked on this story. The longer they drag this out before a full retraction, the more damage they’re taking to their long-term credibility. Read their statement closely — they’re not saying their story is true or that Apple and Tim Cook are wrong. All they say is they spent a year on the story and spoke to 17 sources multiple times.
And the bottom half of BuzzFeed’s story is even more damning than the top — no one in the security community has been able to verify anything in Bloomberg’s story. Anything at all. And no other news publication has backed the story. Bloomberg is all alone on this.
★ Friday, 19 October 2018