Earlier this week, I shared how Apple is serious about supply chain security — and some of the ends to which it goes to keep suppliers in the dark. It turns out this behavior has led some suppliers to a new degree of paranoia, which recently resulted in a reporter getting beaten up by Foxconn employees (or contractors). The post reports that a reporter was “tipped by a worker outside the Longhua complex that a nearby Foxconn plant was manufacturing parts for Apple too.” After getting to the plant, the reporter “stood on the public road taking photos of the front gate and security checkpoint…” A guard then intercepted the reporter’s taxi and the guards and a mob of Foxconn workers proceeded to attempt to drag him into the factory. Once the reporter was able to free himself from the melee, he was told in no uncertain terms by the police that Foxconn had a “special” status in the region, the implication being that it could do as it pleased regarding security..
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