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[ISN] Huawei spies for China, says ex-CIA head


By Christopher Joye
Financial Review
19 JUL 2013

The former head of the US Central ­Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, Michael Hayden, believes Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei Technologies is a significant security threat to Australia and the US, has spied for the Chinese government, and intelligence agencies have hard evidence of its activities.

The retired four-star general told The Australian Financial Review it was his “professional judgment” that ­Huawei supplied sensitive intelligence to ­Chinese officials, an assessment that backs up the federal government’s decision in 2011 to ban it from helping build the national broadband network. ­

Critics said the move was an over­reaction that hurt relations with China.

General Hayden said Western intelligence agencies had information about Huawei’s clandestine activities and it had, at a minimum, “shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with,” he said. “I think that goes without saying – it’s one reality,” he said.


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