White House Denies Networking Firm Huawei Cleared of Spying for China
No review has cleared Huawei or any other vendor supplying telecommunications equipment to U.S. firms of spying allegations, a White House official said.The White House is denying a media report that an investigation into corporations supplying U.S. telecommunications companies with equipment found no proof Huawei Technologies was involved in espionage on behalf of China. Citing anonymous sources, Reuters reported that an 18-month examination of Huawei's communications equipment revealed the products contained security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers, but not evidence the company had spied on the United States. In a statement to eWEEK on Oct. 18, a White House spokesperson said the report was not correct and that no investigation has been conducted that cleared anyone. "The Reuters report, based solely on anonymous sources, is not correct: the White House has not conducted any classified inquiry that resulted in clearing any telecom equipment supplier, including Huawei," Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in the statement. "In fact, last October, Huawei was excluded from taking part in the building of America’s interoperable, wireless emergency network for first responders due to U.S. government national security concerns."
Last week, the House Intelligence Committee released a report of its own recommending that U.S. companies considering doing business with either Huawei or fellow telecommunications equipment provider ZTE to find another vendor due to security concerns. In addition, the report recommends that U.S. government systems, especially sensitive systems, do not use Huawei or ZTE equipment or components.