You might remember that Orange France exec Stéphane Richard confirmed the existence of the Apple iSlate tablet just yesterday, during one of his official statements. Well, now it turns out that his words were misinterpreted or better said “taken out of context” and the exec was in fact claiming that he knew about the Apple Tablet rumours.

Also, the official position of the French carrier Orange is that they know nothing about the tablet, but they acknowledge the existence of speculations regarding the iSlate. This is a tense time of the year, with the Apple event coming on January 27th, CES 2010 barely finished and MWC 2010 coming, too.

Everyone’s hunting for leaks, secret info and hidden messages, so even a few harmless words can be heard wrong. Two more weeks till the San Francisco event and things will get clear… hopefully.

[via slashgear]