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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Re: One thing that apparently happened after this story was posted

While you can't be ordered to lie, you can be ordered not to disclose information. This leaves you with the following options:

Apple: No comment.

El Reg Readers: So clearly it's happening.

Apple: Definitely not. We can categorically deny all of this, in any terms you like. Just read out sentences and we'll tell you that it didn't happen, to avoid any sense of our being disingenuous.

El Reg Readers: It's almost certainly not happening.

Judge, 2022: The government finds for the plaintiffs, owing to clear falsehoods released by the defendant in an attempt to protect them from adverse actions on their share price... [until you fall asleep]

Apple: We can tell you that we aren't under a gag order, and that we haven't found a security device embedded in supermicro servers we purchased between the dates of ... [and other overly specific terms]

El Reg Readers: They sound somewhat confident. Maybe we'll believe them, but we're not entirely sure.

Meanwhile, if there really is no chip and therefore no order, you have the following options:

Apple: No comment.

El Reg Readers: So clearly it's happening.

Apple: Definitely not. We can categorically deny all of this, in any terms you like. Just read out sentences and we'll tell you that it didn't happen, to avoid any sense of our being disingenuous.

Apple attorneys: Yes, this didn't happen, but if you are that specific, someone could find a loophole and get you to say something that we could get attacked for. We don't have the time to evaluate any specific statements, so we should just issue our own denial, as specific as you think it needs to be.

Apple: We can tell you that we aren't under a gag order, and that we haven't found a security device embedded in supermicro servers... [extra details to assure people watching that they're being honest and really trying to demonstrate that there is no cause for worry]

El Reg Readers: They sound somewhat confident. Maybe we'll believe them, but we're not entirely sure.

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