The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has accused Chinese tech giant Huawei of accepting funding from the “People’s Liberation Army, China’s National Security Commission and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network,” the Times of London reported on Saturday, citing a “UK source.”
According to the Times (non-paywalled version here), the CIA presented the evidence to other members of the “Five Eyes” (signatories to the joint signals, military, and human intelligence-sharing agreement between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S., and the UK) earlier this year.
The Times wrote that the CIA “awarded a strong but not iron-cast classification of certainty” to its findings, adding that a separate U.S. government source affirmed that the feds believe the Chinese ministry of state security approved funding for Huawei.
While the U.S. government has long insisted Huawei poses a national security threat, has banned federal agencies from using its technology, and has reportedly been pushing allies not to let the company build out their infrastructure for next-generation 5G wireless networks, it hasn’t presented hard evidence.
Some U.S. allies, particularly Germany, have seemed sceptical of the claims.
Huawei has also been in the news regarding the fate of its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who has been detained in Canada for possible extradition to the U.S. over claims of violations of Iran sanctions and banking fraud.