CIA reportedly says Huawei funded by Chinese state security
Telecomm giant received funding from China's military, The Times reports.
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The CIA has accused
of funding from Chinese state security, The Times reported Saturday, adding to the list of security allegations dogging the embattled Chinese telecommunications giant.
The CIA has warned intelligence officials that Huawei receives funding from China's National Security Commission, the People's Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, a source in Britain told the newspaper. The US intelligence agency shared the information earlier this year with Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, the newspaper reported.
In January, the US Justice Department unsealed indictments that included 23 counts pertaining to the theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran. One 10-count indictment accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets from US carrier T-Mobile beginning in 2012.
The US also charged Meng Wanzhou -- the company's CFO and founder's daughter -- with financial fraud. Meng was detained in December by Canadian officials at the behest of the Justice Department over claims she defrauded US banks into making transactions that violated US sanctions prohibiting companies from doing business with Iran.
Huawei and the CIA declined to comment.
China's Foreign Ministry couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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