Huawei faces new US charges of spying and theft of trade secrets. Charges that the Chinese telecoms giant obviously believes "Unfounded".
North American justice has decidedly not loosened the noose around Huawei. Brooklyn federal prosecutor Richard Donoghue yesterday issued new indictments against the Chinese telecommunications giant, this time for theft of trade secrets and the circumvention of sanctions against North Korea. This brings the charges against Huawei to the number of 16, of which 3 are new, while the manufacturer is already in the crosshairs of the US justice for violation of US sanctions against Iran, and that Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, remains under house arrest in Canada pending a decision on his extradition to the United States.
20 years of alleged theft of industrial secrets
According to the Brooklyn federal prosecutor, Huawei and its subcontractors have engaged in industrial espionage for 20 years, between 2000 and 2020, with supporting examples. Among them, there is a story that is both dismaying and inspiring, which occurred at a trade show (Supercomm) in Chicago in 2004. A Huawei employee, wearing a Weihua badge, was discovered during a photo shoot from a competitor's computer server in the middle of the night. The company defended itself by explaining that it was a junior employee present on its own, but the man worked as a research and development engineer on behalf of the brand.
According to other elements of the file, Huawei also set up, in 2013, an internal program rewarding employees who manage to obtain trade secrets linked to competition. Prosecutor Richard Donoghue's document also mentions Huawei's telecommunications projects in North Korea, bypassing U.S. sanctions against Pyongyang. The 56-page document, which groups together all of the charges against Huawei, has been made public at this address.
Huawei denounces a “Will to damage its reputation”
Not surprisingly, the Chinese telecoms giant was quick to react: "This new accusation from the United States Department of Justice is an attempt to irrevocably damage Huawei's reputation and business for reasons of competition rather than breaking the law. These new charges are largely based on previous recycled civil disputes over the past 20 years, which have already been settled and in some cases dismissed by federal judges and juries. The government will not prevail over his accusations, which will prove both unfounded and unjust. ”
The new indictment against #Huawei is part of the U.S. Justice Department’s attempt to irrevocably damage its reputation and its business for reasons related to competition rather than law enforcement. More in our media statement. #HuaweiNewspic.twitter.com/tQygOTqJqE
– Huawei (@Huawei) February 14, 2020