Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former arch-villain of US TV’s “The Apprentice” and estranged aide to President Donald Trump, claims to have made secret audio recordings of her White House colleagues that she is using to pump up interest in her tell-all book, “Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House”.
Omarosa – who like Cher, Adele, and Madonna always seems to be referred to by her first name – has even released what claims to be a recording made in the White House’s famous Situation Room, where chief of staff John Kelly tells Omarosa that she is being fired.
All juicy stuff I’m sure, and great fodder for rolling news TV channels who will spend hours debating who is more trustworthy: Omarosa or Donald Trump.
But what I’m more interested in are the security implications.
And yet a former reality TV star was able to sneak in her smartphone and record secret conversations in the Situation Room, supposedly the most secure place in the White House.
If that’s possible, then it’s easy to imagine that it would also be possible for a malicious hacker or foreign intelligence agency to compromise a member of staff’s personal smartphone, and use it to bug Trump’s White House.
It’s easy to be distracted by the Omarosa soap opera. The real story here is one of a security breach.