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Tech & Science Attorney General Barr says Chinese companies 'Huawei and ZTE cannot be trusted'

00:15  15 november  2019
00:15  15 november  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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Attorney General Barr says Chinese companies ' Huawei and ZTE cannot be trusted '. Published Thu, Nov 14 20194:18 PM EST. U.S. Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter November 13 to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai saying Chinese technology giants Huawei

US Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference in Memphis, Tennessee, on Wednesday. Barr labels Huawei and ZTE national security threats, citing ‘their own track record, as well as the practices of the Chinese government’.


a person wearing a suit and tie: Attorney General nominee William Barr arrives for a meeting with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) on January 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.© Provided by CNBC LLC Attorney General nominee William Barr arrives for a meeting with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) on January 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter November 13 to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai saying Chinese technology giants Huawei and ZTE "cannot be trusted," according to the memo.

Barr was writing in support of the FCC's draft Report and Order that would disallow the two companies -- which make popular computers, smartphones, routers, and internet equipment -- from selling goods to entities using money from the FCC's Universal Service Fund. These entities often include regional, rural broadband providers.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Department of Justice backs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s proposal to prohibit US media carriers from using the Chinese high tech companies Huawei and ZTE , Attorney General William Barr wrote in a letter published on Thursday.

The Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is under scrutiny around the globe over And Germany’s Deutsche Telekom said it was reviewing security concerns about Huawei equipment. The situation with these Chinese companies is even more challenging, because the full extent of any

Barr noted the companies' significant role in the global 5G equipment market as a reason for caution: "We will become even more dependent on those networks as more and more devices and services are connected and operate at unprecedented speeds. Human life and safety, as well as critical government functions, will ride on them," he said.

"Our national defense will depend on the security of our allies' networks as well as our own," Barr said, a nod to allied nations, particularly in Europe, that have adopted Huawei's 5G technology against the wishes of the U.S.

U.S. intelligence agencies have long espoused the belief that Huawei and ZTE have relationships too close to the Communist government in Beijing, and those ties represent a threat to national security if the companies provide U.S. technology infrastructure.

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Barr referenced a number of criminal matters involving Huawei in the U.S., including federal charges against the company's CFO Meng Wanzhou. Meng remains in Canada, where she was arrested in December 2018, and faces extradition on fraud charges related to allegations she helped facilitate payments from Iran against U.S. embargoes. Meng is the daughter of Huawei's CEO Ren Zhengfei.

Barr also referred to an ongoing criminal case in Washington state, involving allegations Huawei unfairly exploited a relationship with T-Mobile to steal trade secrets from the company.

Huawei has strongly denied charges in both criminal cases, and have also long denied the company is beholden to the Chinese government or military.


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