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New Warning About Huawei’s 5G Participation To UK From The US


12/24/2019




New Warning About Huawei’s 5G Participation To UK From The US
A risk to British secret intelligence services MI5 and MI6 would be posed if the United Kingdom government allows participation of the Chinese telecom company Huawei into the country’s 5G telecommunications networks, warned the United State’s White House.  
 
According to a report published in the Financial Times, it is likely that the Chinese Communist party could get access to the “most intimate” details of British citizens as well as the ability to steal national secrets if the UK government decides to allow the participation of the Chinese telecoms giant in the country’s ultrafast 5G networks, warned Robert O’Brien, the US national security adviser.
 
“They are just going to steal wholesale state secrets, whether they are the UK’s nuclear secrets or secrets from MI6 or MI5,” O’Brien said in an interview. “It is somewhat shocking to us that folks in the UK would look at Huawei as some sort of a commercial decision. 5G is a national security decision.”
 
While repeatedly urging the UK to impose a complete ban on Huawei, the most recent warning about the company from O’Brien has increased the pressure on the newly formed UK government under Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It has been reported that Johnson is currently contemplating to decide on whether to completely ban Huawei from participating in the 5G networks construction in the UK.
 
Huawie was given a partial clearance last year by British security officials who had concluded that the perceived risks by allowing Huawei to participate in the construction of the 5G networks could be addressed by not allowing the company from being allowed into the network “core”. That assessment was however not agreed to by US officials. Australia has also joined the chorus to ban Huawei and has conveyed the same to the UK government.
 
“If you get all the information on a person and then you get their genome, and you marry those two things up, and you have an authoritarian state wielding that information, that is an incredible amount of power,” O’Brien said. “Why the UK would sign up for such a programme is astonishing.”
 
O’Brien said that many in the US administration were shocked to know that UK officials and politicians view the issue of Huawei to be a commercial decision when 5G and the participation of Huawei in it should be treated as a national security decision.
 
“If you get all the information on a person and then you get their genome, and you marry those two things up, and you have an authoritarian state wielding that information, that is an incredible amount of power,” O’Brien said.
 
He said that there is revulsion among German citizens about Huawei even though the “German elites” are probably happy to have dealings with China or Huawei.
 
“There are too many governments, European governments and others, which are more concerned about offending China and potentially losing out on some economic gain from their relationships with China than standing up for their principles.”
 
(Source:www.ft.com)






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