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Sochi: lousy conditions but first-rate spying

Well, this didn’t take very long:

But credit where credit is due: while the material preparations for the Sochi Olympics leave much to be desired, the spying and hacking operations are world-class.

On the same day the Russian deputy prime minister told gays coming to the Winter Olympics not to touch children, he divulged that cameras are keeping an eye on Olympic tourists while they’re in the shower.

The blunder happened when Dmitry Kozak was asked about conditions in hotels and the lack of water, the subjects of ongoing media criticism.

Kozak suddenly became defensive and blurted: “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.”

Oops. However it’s most interesting to learn that people have traveled to Sochi from all over the world in order to leave their hotel showers running so they can make their Russian hosts look bad.

NBC News reports that computers and other electronic devices which visitors bring into Russia are almost immediately hacked, although some are raising doubts about this.

And this had to be a bit unnerving: