Friday, October 17, 2014
State Department concerned about Chinese spying at Waldorf Astoria (NY Daily News)
Officials said Monday they are reviewing the sale -- and implied the glittering renovation scheme for the iconic Park Ave. hotel may mask a nefarious purpose: espionage. "We are currently in the process of reviewing the details of the sale and the company's long-term plans for the facility," said Kurtis Cooper, a spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. The State Department said it may end a 50-year practice of leasing a residence at the hotel for the U.S. ambassador to the UN. Also at stake is the department's rental of two floors of the Waldorf during the annual UN General Assembly.
Anbang, which bought the Waldorf from Hilton Worldwide, is reportedly linked to China's Communist Party, which has overseen a massive effort to use cyberspying to steal U.S. trade and military secrets.
The State Department regularly reminds U.S. diplomats who go to China that they are likely to face surveillance and tells American citizens who travel to China that someone might be listening in their hotel rooms.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/u-s-officials-concerned-spying-waldorf-astoria-sale-chinese-insurance-company-article-1.1973189