I think we should see the ‘smoking gun’…:
Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a longer response to US allegations of spying, claiming that it doesn’t have the spying capability alleged by the US and pointing out that the US itself has a long history of spying on phone networks.
“As evidenced by the Snowden leaks, the United States has been covertly accessing telecom networks worldwide, spying on other countries for quite some time,” Huawei said in a six-paragraph statement sent to news organizations. “The report by the Washington Post this week about how the CIA used an encryption company to spy on other countries for decades is yet additional proof.” (That Post report detailed how the CIA bought a company called Crypto AG and used it to spy on communications for decades.)
Huawei’s latest statement came in response to a Wall Street Journal report yesterday quoting US officials as saying, “We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world.” The US has been sharing its intelligence with allies as it tries to convince them to stop using Huawei products, but still hasn’t made the evidence public.