Germany faces losing United States intelligence if it uses Huawei equipment

Germany faces losing United States intelligence if it uses Huawei equipment

The warning is contained in a letter sent by the USA ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, to Germany's economics minister Peter Altmaier, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy said that it had received the respective letter from the USA authorities.

While the U.S. Embassy said it could not comment on diplomatic communications, "the U.S. position on 5G network security is well known".

While Huawei founder Ren Zhengei insists his company will not install backdoors in its 5G products, experts say the company is required by law to do so if China's government demands it.

Huawei has denied that it spies for China.

Amidst the assurance of German that the risk involving Huawei can be contained, Grenell said in the letter that the Chinese government could legally compel any Chinese company to assist them in their operations without checks and balance, and therefore, the risks cannot be mitigated.

Zhengfei said he wouldn't harm his customers' interests or his company's prospects.

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Underscoring the warning, the White House National Security Council said Monday that allied governments allowing the use of Huawei technology could lose some of their ability to secure their networks.

Despite US claims to the contrary, Germany has insisted that there is no evidence Huawei has or will use its gear to engage in espionage.

Germany can forget about getting as much intelligence from U.S. spooks as it now does if it allows Chinese telecoms to build 5G infrastructure, a letter from the American ambassador in Berlin has reportedly warned.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard A. Grennel sent a letter to Germany demanding them to block Huawei's entry.

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We are not sure if the German communications regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) will yield to Washington's warning as the country's federal cybersecurity agency has already rolled out the country's 5G security requirements, the requirements are quite strict, but not a complete and specific restrict on Huawei. Italy and Japan are reportedly considering the same move.

The US is trying to recruit Germany in its campaign against Huawei.

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