German intel sharing at risk over Huawei spat

German intel sharing at risk over Huawei spat

Richard Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany, sent a letter to the German government last week threatening to reduce German access to US intelligence, if the European country plans to conduct business with Huawei.

Neither the US State Department, the German economics minister nor Huawei immediately responded to requests for comment.

The U.S. has additional concerns about the use of Chinese personnel, such as whether Huawei will allow oversight from security services, according to the paper.

But he said the use of untrusted vendors in allies' networks could raise questions about the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive communications within a country, and between that country and its allies. The company was threatened by global economic sanctions after the United States and Australia accused it of industrial espionage and collecting classified data with its equipment used in countries all over the world.

Germany announced on March 7 that it wouldn't ban any company from bidding on 5G contracts.

Grenell said in his letter that Chinese companies, under Chinese law, can be required to support China's security agencies and that inspections of Huawei software could not ensure there were no vulnerabilities, the newspaper said. However, a CNBC report found that, under Chinese law, Huawei would be compelled by the Chinese government to assist with government surveillance if the government asks.

Tensions have also run high over the detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is facing possible extradition to the US on allegations she committed financial fraud in the course of allegedly violating worldwide sanctions on Iran. Meng appeared in a Canadian court last week; an extradition hearing is set for May 8 - a date that falls within U.S.

As scrutiny of Huawei has grown, Australiaand New Zealand have joined the barring the company from their 5G networks.

In January, Poland's Internal Security Agency arrested a Huawei executive on suspicion of spying for China, in a case that centers on the telecom company Orange Polska.

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