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Ex-Obama counterterrorism official: Huawei could pose security threat to international intelligence community
A former senior counterterrorism official in the Obama administration is calling on the U.S. to initiate a dialogue with allies about the potential threats of Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
Nate Synder warned Monday that Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government pose security concerns to the international intelligence community as the telecom giant looks to help build 5G wireless networks in the U.S. and abroad.
“Huawei’s not just interested in the U.S. — they’re looking at a global scale,” Synder told Hill.TV during an interview.
“This goes into not only our national security but theirs in also the way we share intelligence and information with these partners as well,” Synder added. “We wouldn’t want to share critical sensitive information on a network that we somebody’s more than likely listening in on.”
The Trump administration has already taken steps to crack down on use of the company’s equipment.
The U.S. Commerce Department last Friday blacklisted five more Chinese technology groups due to national security concerns. U.S. firms will now need government approval in order to sell technology equipment to Chinese organizations.
The Commerce Department put supercomputer maker Sugar and semiconductor company Higon on its list, among others, saying they have been “acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”