“Late last year, allegations had surfaced regarding Chinese handset makers ZTE and Huawei, with claims being tossed around that they were spying on behalf of the Chinese government,” Brittany Hillen reports for SlashGear. “Both makers rejected the claims, and Huawei went on to offer unrestricted access to its software code in an effort to prove its innocence.”

“Nearly a year later, and now former CIA boss Michael Hayden has spoken out, stating that Huawei did provide information to the Chinese government,” Hillen reports. “When asked specifically about whether he’d ever had any ‘direct exposure’ with Huawei, Hayden responded [in part]: ‘My conclusion was that, ‘No, it is simply not acceptable for Huawei to be creating the backbone of the domestic telecommunications network in the United States, period.’ And frankly this is where I think the state has a role to play – to ensure we don’t make decisions that compromise the foundations of our national security.'”

Hillen reports, “He also states that he believes there is ‘hard evidence’ showing that the maker has engaged in espionage for China. He says it is his belief that, at a minimum, Huawei provided China with ‘intimate and extensive knowledge’ on the telecommunications systems it works with.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

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