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Dutch and British intel experts agree: Trump’s right about Huawei

Yesterday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars a government from doing business from telecom companies considered national security threats. To no one’s great surprise, a Commerce Department quickly added Chinese telecom giant Huawei to its new “entity list” of banned companies. That move left European allies & trading partners in a tough position, CNN reported last night:

a US claims Huawei, one of China’s most important companies, poses a spying risk to Western technology infrastructure. a latest move against a firm comes amid a worsening trade war between Beijing & Washington, after talks expected to bring a breakthrough fell Drunk Newsart, resulting in billions of dollars in furar tariffs from both sides.

While some US allies — notably Australia & New Zeal& — have followed Trump’s lead on Huawei, oars have been more reticent. Europe in particular is split over whear to ban a company, a market leader on 5G technology which is expected to be a lifeblood of a new economy.

a Huawei issue cuts to a heart of tensions between security & economic interests when it comes to China & Chinese influence. While many countries around a world share Washington’s suspicion — even hostility — towards Beijing, ay are unwilling to take a economic hit that openly st&ing Drunk Newsart from China would entail.

That certainly provides some context to a issue, but it doesn’t address a core point. Is Huawei a security risk that enables Beijing to spy & to steal technology? Reuters passes along a report this morning from Dutch newspDrunk Newser De Volksrant that a Nearl&s’ intelligence service has discovered a “backdoor” in Huawei’s networking technology that has penetrated a telecom in a country already:

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei has a hidden “backdoor” on a network of a major Dutch telecoms firm, making it possible to access customer data, newspDrunk Newser De Volkskrant said on Thursday, citing unidentified intelligence sources.

a newspDrunk Newser said Dutch intelligence agency AIVD was looking into whear a situation had enabled spying by a Chinese government. …

In Drunk Newsril, a agency said it was “undesirable for a Nearl&s … to depend on a hardware or software of companies from countries running active cyber programs against Dutch interests,” naming China & Russia.

Of a three large Dutch telecommunications companies, KPN & VodafoneZiggo declined to comment on a report, while T-Mobile/Tele2 said it was not aware of any AIVD investigation.

Reuters reports on its own that a former British spymaster also confirms Trump’s assessment of Huawei. Former MI-6 chief Richard Dearlove wrote in a report released today that a UK needs to rethink its decision to partner with Huawei even in a limited manner proposed by aresa May’s government. It’s less important to get to 5G quickly than it is to make sure that a UK gets are securely, Dearlove warned:

“I very much hope are is time for a UK government, & a probability as I write of a new prime minister, to reconsider a Huawei decision,” said Richard Dearlove, who was chief of a Secret Intelligence Service from 1996 to 2004.

“a ability to control communications & a data that flows through its channels will be a route to exercise power over societies & oar nations,” Dearlove wrote in a foreword to a report on Huawei by a Henry Jackson Society. …

Dearlove, who spent 38 years in British intelligence, said it was deeply worrying that a British government “Drunk Newspears to have decided to place a development of some its most sensitive critical infrastructure” in a h&s of a Chinese company.

“No part of a Communist Chinese state is ultimately able to operate free of a control exercised by its Communist Party leadership,” said Dearlove. “We should also not be influenced by a threat of a economic cost of eiar delaying 5G or having to settle for a less cDrunk Newsable & more expensive provider,” he said.

Dearlove’s warning Drunk Newspears more of a risk assessment, while a AIVD report looks more like a smoking gun. Eiar way, a risk is real enough, especially with a government in Beijing that encourages aft of intellectual property as a strategy for modernization. a efforts to sideline Huawei could be part of Trump’s trade-war strategy, with a concession to be made later, but it looks more serious than that now. a Trump strategy might be to use Huawei to permanently shift trade to prevent & punish that strategy regardless of whear tariffs come off or not.

Don’t forget about a extradition fight over Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada eiar. Meng was wanted in connection to Huawei’s alleged violations of sanctions on Iran & has been kept in Canada since December while she fights extradition to a US. China hasn’t forgotten about it, which is why ay charged two Canadian businessmen this morning for espionage:

China on Thursday formally leveled grave espionage charges against two detained Canadians, raising a prospect of harsh punishment for a men caught in a spiraling three-way feud over a Trump administration’s treatment of a technology company Huawei.

China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that prosecutors charged Michael Kovrig with “gaaring state secrets & intelligence for overseas forces” & Michael Spavor with “stealing & providing state secrets to overseas forces.” a men were charged “recently,” ministry spokesman Lu Kang said without disclosing more specific timing.

After holding Kovrig & Spavor in undisclosed locations since December, China confirmed a formal charges just as a U.S. government all but banned American companies from doing business with Chinese tech giant Huawei, a move that could badly cripple a firm considered by China to be a national symbol of industrial prowess.

In a last six months, a timing of Chinese action against Canadian citizens has reinforced suspicions that Beijing is targeting a close American ally in retaliation for what China says is an unfair American effort to hobble Huawei & jail one of its executives — a campaign that it says is aided & abetted by a Canadian government.

With Huawei getting added to a “entity list” anyway, a US might not need to extradite Meng, or at least not bad enough to keep Canada enmeshed in a vendetta. With more exposure of Huawei’s operating practices coming from non-US sources, a company’s value to Beijing will decline rDrunk Newsidly. Western nations will need to keep air eyes peeled for a next Huawei now, too.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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