Russian Officials Admit To Spying On Journalists In Sochi
By now I’m sure you’ve seen the tweets that journalists in Sochi have been sharing about their disastrous hotel rooms. But what you probably don’t know is that Russian officials admitted that they know the claims are not true because they’ve been spying on people in their hotels.
Many journalists claimed that the hotels they were staying in didn’t have hot water or internet access, and that when they first arrived their rooms weren’t even ready. But the Wall Street Journal reported that Russian officials dismissed the claims and deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak stated that the hotel surveillance video footage showed that things were more than fine.
“Kozak, the deputy prime minister responsible for the Olympic preparations, reflected the view held among many Russian officials that some Western visitors are deliberately trying to sabotage Sochi’s big debut out of bias against Russia. ‘We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day,’ he said. An aide then pulled a reporter away before Mr. Kozak could be questioned further on surveillance in hotel rooms,” the Wall Street Journal wrote.
The State Department warned travelers that they shouldn’t expect to have privacy when they go to Sochi. Apparently this includes in the bathrooms of their hotel rooms.