For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018
Press Contact: Carli Kientzle at [email protected]
Protect America’s Wireless Blasts Sprint for Blasting “Merger Opposition Group”
Washington D.C. – Today, Sprint is on the defensive after foreign policy experts raised national security concerns on Protect America’s Wireless’ press call yesterday. In Politico’s Morning Tech, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Sprint David Tovar claimed the merger will “enhance security”. He went on to call the concerns, “completely misleading and inaccurate,” but failed to provide any evidence supporting his claims. He sought to undermine the campaign merely by calling the timing ‘unusual,’ as if Americans’ right to weigh in on multi-billion dollar transactions is a time-limited right.
In regards to Tovar’s empty claims and feeble attacks, David Wade, a former State Department senior official, replied, “Yesterday, a group of senior foreign policy professionals of both political parties launched a thoughtful debate about global issues inseparable from the proposed Sprint-TMobile merger. They included a former Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who literally wrote the report on intelligence community concerns about Huawei and ZTE. Today, a spooked Sprint spokesperson fired back with ad hominem attacks and unsupported assertions. Instead of attacking legitimate concerns with insults, we hope Sprint will answer with the facts and substance these questions merit. That’s the least Americans will expect from companies who aim to build America's 5G networks.”
Read our full post-call release here.