The American CIA is said to have warned countries in the Five Eyes – Great Britain, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada – about Huawei. Intelligence sources claim that the company receives state funding from China.
The information comes from The Sunday Times based on sources within the CIA, reports Tweakers. The evidence that the CIA is alleged to have on this subject has not been made public, and the intelligence service does not speak about it in public. However, the information would have been disseminated within intelligence circles.
However, the intelligence services have been warning about Huawei for some time now. The United States is concerned that the company is helping the Chinese government with espionage. The country has therefore imposed a ban on the company’s use of equipment by the government. The US wants a similar ban in Europe. However, any evidence of espionage has never been made public. Huawei has always denied the allegations.
Sources from the Sunday Times now claim that the CIA received information earlier this year about payments from the Chinese security apparatus to Huawei. The evidence for this would have been shared by the CIA with the Five Eyes.
In the Netherlands, the discussion about Huawei recently flared up again, after it became clear that the trade secrets of chip machine maker ASML had been stolen. In addition, a link was made to Chinese spies.
For the time being, however, the Cabinet has not made a decision on whether or not to exclude Huawei when constructing a 5G network in the Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte states that the House of Representatives has its own position when it comes to this question. However, the government is not naive in its attitude towards China, according to the Prime Minister.
A decision may be taken following an investigation by the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) into the risks associated with the construction and use of 5G. The NCTV has set up an interdepartmental task force for this purpose, with a view to presenting the results of the study by the end of May. The three major telecom providers – KPN, T-Mobile and VodafoneZiggo – are also participating in the study.This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.