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Huawei: 'I Know What You Are, but What Am I?'

After years of defending itself against US spying accusations, Huawei claims the US government is spying on it.

Mitch Wagner

September 3, 2019

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Huawei: 'I Know What You Are, but What Am I?'

Huawei is stealing a strategy from the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure in its conflict with the US. After years of the US making baseless spying claims against Huawei, Huawei is firing back with baseless spying allegations against the US.

In a news release issued Tuesday, Huawei charges the US with a litany of abuses, including:

  • Instructing law enforcement to threaten, menace, coerce, entice, and incite both current and former Huawei employees to turn against the company and work for them

  • Unlawfully searching, detaining, and even arresting Huawei employees and Huawei partners

  • Attempting entrapment, or pretending to be Huawei employees to establish legal pretense for unfounded accusations against the company Launching cyber attacks to infiltrate Huawei's intranet and internal information system

And more.

The assertions are included at the bottom of a statement that mainly deals with Huawei countering claims that it stole smartphone-camera patents, accusations which Huawei says are false.

More nuanced coverage of Huawei's claims can be found at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

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Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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