What you need to know
- The U.S. claims it has evidence demonstrating that Huawei is a national security threat, accusing the firm of having backdoor access to network hardware it helped build.
- Huawei denies the allegations, dismissing backdoor access as implausible and open to immediate discovery.
- A 2012 congressional report backs up Huawei's claim, finding no evidence of active spying.
Bringing the Huawei-espionage soap opera to yet another climactic act, the U.S. has claimed that it had evidence showcasing that the Chinese telecoms firm is a security risk. The evidence reportedly goes all the way back to the dawn of 4G in 2009.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal:
In other words, Huawei retained for themselves the ability to tap into state-mandated backdoors. The U.S. government was unable to confirm whether Huawei had actively used those backdoors, nor were they able to provide details about it other than its existence.
Despite this evidence being shown to Germany and the U.K., neither country treated it as new information. The U.K. had already factored it into its threat analysis, while Huawei for its part argued that it had never and would never spy for Beijing. Both the EU and the U.K. will adopt proposals allowing Huawei to be part of the 5G roll-out in their regions.
A senior Huawei official gave the following statement to the Journal:
Oddly enough, Huawei's claims to not have spied have support from an unlikely source —the U.S. government. A 2012 congressional report stemming from an investigation into Huawei concluded that the firm hadn't done any spying for China. A source told Reuters:
A U.K. government official last year also came to the same conclusion.
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