Russian President Vladimir Putin gave President Donald Trump an Adidas soccer ball during a news conference last week in Helsinki — and the ball may have contained a transmitter chip.
Images of the ball Putin handed to Trump appear to show a logo indicating it has a chip included as part of a standard feature.
The Adidas website explains that the technology gives users access to “different functionalities,” including “exclusive information about the product, adidas football content, special competitions and challenges.”
Bloomberg first reported on the soccer ball’s transmitter chip logo.
The US Secret Service said in a statement, “All gifts given to the President are subject to thorough security screening. The Secret Service does not comment specifically nor in general about the means and methods of our protective responsibilities.”
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment about the ball.
It is unclear whether the ball Putin gave Trump contained the the advertised device — and even if it does, that doesn’t mean it necessarily poses a security risk.
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SOURCE: CNN, Clare Foran