The Department of Justice has added new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and its two US subsidiaries, accusing the company of conspiring to steal trade secrets from competitors in America, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.
The company is also accused of installing surveillance equipment that allowed Iran to spy on demonstrators during the 2009 anti-government demonstrations in Iran, and of doing business in North Korea, despite U.S. sanctions there.
This is due to the fact that the Trump administration raises national security issues regarding Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, and is lobbying the Western allies against the inclusion of the company in wireless high-speed networks.
A new indictment put forward by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn complements US legal issues for Huawei, which has already faced allegations in the area of lying to banks about transactions that violated economic sanctions against Iran, as well as in the case of theft of certain trade secrets in federal court. in Seattle
Recent allegations accuse Huawei of conspiring to steal trade secrets and intellectual property of competing companies in the United States. In some cases, according to prosecutors, Huawei directed and encouraged its own employees to steal from competitors, offering bonuses to those who brought the most valuable stolen information.
According to prosecutors, the company also used proxies, including professors at research institutes, to steal intellectual property.
Brooklyn’s new indictment includes allegations of a racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets.
Huawei lawyer did not immediately send an email and phone message asking for comment.
National Security Statements
Trump administration officials, including cabinet secretaries, recently leveled national security allegations against Huawei in an attempt to encourage European countries to ban next-generation cellular networks.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke to the Western Allies during a trip to Munich this week. Attorney General William Barr in his speech last week regretted that he said that China is seeking economic dominance, and suggested that the United States invest in Huawei’s western rivals.
National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said this week that Huawei can secretly connect to communications through network equipment that it sells around the world. The company disputes this, saying that “it never had and never will secretly gain access to telecommunication networks, nor do we have the opportunity to do so.”