While other Apple execs have flatly refuted Bloomberg’s story alleging Apple allowed Chinese spy chips into their hardware, the company has officially brought out the big guns.
In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Apple CEO Tim Cook called for Bloomberg to issue a retraction, making this the first time the company has ever publicly called for such a move.
“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”
Bloomberg isn’t playing.
“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. “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 sources.”
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