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1. The following are excerpts from a news report by Laurens Cerulus, Steven Overly and Eric Geller, dated September 3, 2019, under the headline "Huawei document alleges U.S. campaign to infiltrate the company".|
U.S. government agents approached a Huawei worker at the person’s home, pressured some employees when they applied for American visas and masqueraded as a former employee as part of a campaign to turn people at the Chinese telecom giant into informants, the company alleged in an internal document written amid its crushing legal battle with the Trump administration.
In the document shared with POLITICO by Huawei and originating from the company's legal department, Huawei outlines what it calls U.S. government attempts to recruit its employees, such as searching their phones and computers at ports of entry in hopes of extracting incriminating information about the company.
POLITICO could not independently verify the information in the document, but Huawei publicly accused the U.S. on Tuesday of intimidating and threatening employees and attacking the company, without providing specific details. The FBI declined to comment on the Huawei allegations.
The details of the alleged U.S. attempts to infiltrate Huawei come as the company is facing growing pressure from the Trump administration, adding to many months of allegations in Washington and in many European countries that the telecom giant is a security risk due to its close ties to Beijing.
In a Tuesday news release, Huawei asserted that law enforcement officers were deployed to "threaten, menace, coerce, entice, and incite" current and former employees to disparage the company. It also claimed the U.S. has "unlawfully" searched, detained and arrested Huawei employees.
The U.S. government has also targeted the company's business partners and rivals and attempted to infiltrate its internal computer systems, Huawei alleges.
"For the past several months, the US government has been leveraging its political and diplomatic influence to lobby other governments to ban Huawei equipment," a Huawei statement read. "Furthermore, it has been using every tool at its disposal — including both judicial and administrative powers, as well as a host of other unscrupulous means — to disrupt the normal business operations of Huawei and its partners."
The press release did not provide evidence of the U.S. pressure, and a spokesperson did not provide additional information, but the document obtained by POLITICO adds details to the company's allegations.
It describes in some detail at least three instances in which Huawei employees were approached or involved in attempts to gain confidential company information.
The FBI visited a U.S. Huawei employee’s home on Aug. 29 and asked them “to be an informant and assist FBI in acquiring information on the company,” according to the document.
In April, diplomatic officials applied similar pressure to two employees of Huawei’s Colombia office when the employees tried to get personal visas to enter the U.S.
“The officials of the US Embassy asked about their employer and position,” the document alleges. “Then in a separate room, the officials asked these two employees to be advisors to the US government.”...
On Aug. 23, according to the document, a Huawei employee in Spain received a call from someone purporting to be a fellow employee based on the U.S. This person asked for “a list of people who directly report to a particular executive and a diagram of organizational structure,” supposedly to prepare “new employee orientation materials.”
The caller, who posed as a real former Huawei employee, also asked for “the contact information of an IT employee.” The Spanish employee did not provide any information, Huawei said.
“People familiar with the situation said that similar things had happened multiple times this year,” the Huawei document says. “It’s very likely that the US government has been doing this to obtain more internal information of Huawei in relation to their investigation.”.... (End excerpts)
2. It can be seen that the US is very determined to destroy the Chinese high-tech industry at all costs. It will only halt all its industrial sabotage and despicable acts until China is left with nothing except its textile and clothing industries.
Using the "Psycho" analogy, we can get a clearer picture of the US high-pressure tactics:
Looking across the negotiating table, or rather, the interrogation table, the Psycho asked: "Are you ready to surrender everything to me?"
As the victim shook his head, the Psycho shouted angrily: "Why are you so stubborn!?"
After the victim was led to a small window to look into another room, the Psycho repeated his demand: "Are you ready to surrender everything to me now?"
The victim replied: "He is one of many children adopted by me from an orphanage. I won’t be intimidated to pay any ransom."
The Psycho laughed: "Don't you notice that the cane that lands hard on his bottom is thicker this time?"
Turning to his assistant, he said: "Go and convey my message that his adopted son has to be caned harder and harder!"