German intelligence chief: Communist Huawei can't be trusted with 5G
GERMANY's Federal Intelligence Service chief Bruno Kahl said Shenzhen's Huawei Technologies 'can't be trusted,' signalling security hardliners in Chancellor Angela Merkel government to keep it out of the country's fifth-generation networks, reports Bloomberg
31 October 2019 - 19:00
'The trust in a state company that has a very high level of dependence on the Communist Party and the country's intelligence apparatus is not present,' Mr Kahl told a panel of lawmakers overseeing German intelligence agencies.
Chancellor Merkel's government earlier this year ruled out an outright ban, defying warnings by the US government and security hawks that Huawei equipment poses a risk of exposure to Chinese espionage.
That position was reinforced this month by reports the Chancellery had intervened to soften draft securities standards by removing the ability of authorities to identify 'untrustworthy' vendors.
Mr Kahl signalled the government is still processing its security measures, saying, 'I have not been able to see that a definitive decision has been taken one way or the other.'
Huawei said suspicions were groundless. 'We have never introduced, and would never entertain the thought of introducing, so-called 'backdoors' in our equipment,' Huawei said in an emailed response to a query.
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