CNN learned about the possible interception of data on the US nuclear arsenal by Chinese Huawei According to the channel, the FBI suspected that Huawei could intercept classified data, including on the US nuclear arsenal, using cell towers installed near US military bases
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) suspects the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei of possible theft of data on the country's nuclear arsenal. This was reported by CNN, citing sources.
According to the channel, the FBI investigation found that Chinese-made Huawei equipment installed on cell towers near US military bases is capable of jamming and intercepting communications through the Department of Defense , including those used by US Strategic Nuclear Command.
CNN clarifies that the investigation into Huawei was launched during the presidency of Barack Obama, but the details have not yet been known. The investigation was so secretive that some senior politicians in the White House and other government bodies were not informed of its existence until 2019, according to two people familiar with the matter.
In addition, according to the channel, in 2017, the American authorities “quietly covered up” a $100 million Chinese garden project at the Washington National Arboretum proposed by the Chinese government over fears of placing Chinese telecommunications equipment in close proximity to the US Capitol.
At the same time, it is not known whether the intelligence community actually determined any data was intercepted and sent to Beijing from these towers, writes CNN. Huawei, in a statement to the TV channel, denied the possibility for the company's equipment to work in the spectrum allocated to the US Department of Defense.
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Washington included Huawei in the sanctions list due to the threat to national security in May 2019. The United States accused the company of industrial espionage, theft of technology and threats to the economy.
In February 2020, The Wall Street Journal, citing statements by US officials, reported that Huawei has covert access to mobile networks around the world.
According to The Times, the CIA found out that Huawei received funding from Chinese intelligence, the military, and the Central National Security Commission of the Communist Party of China.
In turn, , a representative of Huawei told the newspaper that the company “does not comment on unfounded accusations” that are not supported by evidence and based on anonymous sources.
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