CIA reportedly tells allies that Huawei is funded by Chinese state security

CIA reportedly tells allies that Huawei is funded by Chinese state security
For years now, the U.S. government has been afraid of Huawei. As far back as 2012, a Congressional report called the company, and ZTE, threats to U.S. national security. This is because, under the laws of the communist regime in the country, tech firms can be required to gather intelligence on people and corporations. And while Huawei chairman Liang Hua said earlier this year that he would defy such a request, the U.S. remains concerned about the security of Huawei's devices and networking equipment.

U.K. newspaper The Times reports today (via Reuters) that the CIA has shared with intelligence chiefs in Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, some information related to Huawei. This data reveals that Huawei has been partially funded by the People’s Liberation Army, China’s National Security Commission and a part of the Chinese state intelligence network. While Huawei continues to assert that it is a private company with no ties to the Chinese government, the CIA's claims, if true, would seem to refute this.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Justice Department dropped a 13 count indictment on Huawei, two of its affiliates (Huawei Device USA and Skycom Tech) and CFO Meng Wanzhou. The complaint accused Huawei and Skycom of committing bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. A grand jury in the Eastern District of New York charged Huawei and Huawei USA with conspiracy to obstruct justice. Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, was accused of bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracies to commit bank and wire fraud. She was arrested late last year in Canada and awaits an extradition hearing in the country. These charges were allegedly made after Huawei and its CFO tried to hide evidence revealing that the company had been selling goods and services to Iran. The latter country is under international economic sanctions.

Huawei was found guilty of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile and paid the carrier $4.2 million


Huawei was also charged with stealing T-Mobile's trade secrets in relation to a phone testing robot called Tappy. The U.S. carrier previously won a $4.2 million judgment against Huawei in civil court, but Huawei is now being charged criminally. During the course of investigating this case, the FBI came across emails from Huawei promising to pay bonuses to employees who stole information from companies around the world. Any data gathered was to be sent to an encrypted email account owned by Huawei.


While the U.S., New Zealand and Australia already ban the use of Huawei's networking equipment to build out carrier's 5G networks, the U.S. government has concluded that it would be too dangerous for wireless providers in Britain and Canada to use the company's gear. In Britain, officials are concerned that switching to networking equipment from Ericsson or Nokia would delay the launch of 5G service in the country by a number of years. That's because such a ban would also require carriers to remove Huawei's 4G equipment from their networks.

Despite not being able to sell its phones through the four major U.S. carriers, Huawei was the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world last year and expects to be number one by next year. It also remains the global leader in providing networking equipment.

A spokesman said today that "Huawei does not comment on unsubstantiated allegations backed up by zero evidence from anonymous sources."

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25 Comments

1. admin_user

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

"This is because, under the laws of the communist regime in the country, tech firms can be required to gather intelligence on people and corporations." Exactly like "This is because, under the laws of the capitalist regime in the US, tech firms can be required to gather intelligence on people and corporations." You're welcome. We Europeans have been spied by the US for decades now. They are doing a lot of industry espionage in Germany and elsewhere. China is only a new player in the game and the "free market" USandA fears other players.

2. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Well said Sir, just like America likes to be the only ones to place missiles in other countries

3. alanrock

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

Not Funded By CIA ... should be written beneath Huawei logo.

18. tangbunna

Posts: 481; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

should write "Funded by CIA" on Huawei logo. because soon the CIA will be sued by Huawei for their lost from "Lies"

24. enGet

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Here's the difference: China uses that info to find and murder "dissidents", while the US uses it to find people that are murdering dissidents... grow up.

4. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Seems the US is hell bent on recruiting other nations for their proxy wars against China.. If Huawei is spying on other nations,so does US based companies.. Why all the hullabaloo about Huawei then?

10. Budhainthemood

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Because USA and EU is fine. China, Russia, Iran, Syria are bad, that’s why

5. frequency

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

One day, if south Korean became an enemy of the state, i guaranteed Sammi will be a national threat

6. frequency

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Why doesn't China ban Apple or Cisco? let the European Union's companies become real winners.

11. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

and risk having millions of unemployed rural, unskilled works on the street?

19. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They're children. They can go back to playing

25. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This is the dark humor I love to see on this site.

7. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

the u.s. is the equivalent of a cheating husband using facebook and other social media outlet accussing his wife of cheating

8. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The pot calling the kettle black.

13. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

Edward Snowmen leaked info that the US stole Huawei source code and embedded backdoors in Huawei equipment to spy on all nations around the world that uses Huawei equipment and also to continuously monitor all communications and personal emails of Huawei CEO and employees for a decade already but to date could not present a single piece of presentable evidence to backup their accusations. On the contrary, there is a mountain of hard evidence of US companies cooperating with the NSA and NSA spying on the world including on its own allies; some cases which have already been admitted by the NSA due to irrefutable evidence

14. apple-rulz

Posts: 2186; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The good thing about China that nobody mentions is that they severely curtail religions, especially the two biggest blights on humanity, Christianity and Islam. For that reason alone I respect China.

17. stferrari

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

OK got it. Is wasn't obviouse enough by your screenname that you are a complete idiot but you had to put an explanation point on it by insulating the vast majority of humans on the planet. Congratulations for letting the would know you are a "Damned idiot" Happy Easter.

16. enGet

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Huawei = garbage.

20. Ichimoku

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Currently connecting to the internet using a Huawei modem right now.

21. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

China knows about you :)

23. alanrock

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

ZTE modem with Huawei phone...i'm outlaw like Billy the Kid :)

28. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Yay, the drug dealing CIA making accusations now, arn't they a little busy with thier heroin trade trade in Afghanistan.

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