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US accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets and work with Iran and North Korea

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Updated:14/02/2020 05:47h

The u.s. Government today charged the giant chinese telecom Huawei of stealing trade secrets and said that this company maintains their illegal business with North Korea and aid to Iran in the internal monitoring.

The indictment of 16 counts of conspiracy to steal trade secrets and violating the law of corrupt organizations and influenced by organized crime (RICO) against Huawei Technologies, the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world, and two of its us affiliates, filed Wednesday in a federal court in Brooklyn, in New York, reported today the Department of Justice of the united States in a press release.

One of the allegations refers to the alleged practice that the company, with headquarters in China, uses long for, through fraud and deception, misappropriate of advanced technology and intellectual property from u.s. companies, according to the Department of Justice.

In its indictment, the product of a long “independent investigation” conducted by the u.s. Government and supersedes the previous, the Department of Justice ensures that the intellectual property obtained illegally by Huawei included “trade secrets, and material protected by copyright, such as source codes and user manuals for routers, internet, technology, antenna technology and test robots.”

The us Government has also accused Huawei of working on commercial projects and technology in countries subject to sanctions or the UN, such as Iran and North Korea, as well as carry out efforts to hide the scope of these businesses by mentioning in their internal communications to those nations with names in key, as the code “A2” to the first of these countries, or “A9” for the second.

In particular, on Iran accuses Huawei of help to the government of that country to take the national surveillance, including during the demonstrations in Tehran in 2009, through the company Skycom, one of its affiliates is not official, a relationship that Huawei employees allegedly tried to deny.

According to the U.S. Government, to achieve their ends Huawei reached “confidentiality agreements with the owners of the intellectual property” to then owning it and recruited employees from other companies to them to which they appropriated the intellectual property of their former employers.

As part of this plot, he added, “Huawei allegedly launched a policy that instituted a bonus program to reward employees who obtain confidential information of its competitors.”

“Huawei, Huawei USA, and Futurewei agreed to reinvest the income from this alleged organized criminal activity in the business world of Huawei, even in the united States,” said the Department of Justice, which indicated that this new indictment contains charges of the indictment earlier announced in January 2019.

Other affiliates mentioned in the indictment, is Huawei Device Co. Ltd. (Huawei Device) and Skycom Tech Co. Ltd. (Skycom), as well as the chief financial officer of Huawei, Wanzhou Meng.

The conglomerate chinese, which has more than 180,000 employees and operates in more than 170 countries, considered the new allegations of the U.S. as an attempt to “increase the pressure” on the company, in a campaign which, he said, dates back to many years ago.

“This new indictment is part of the attempt of the Department of Justice to damage irrevocably the reputation and business of Huawei for reasons related to the competition in place of the application of the law,” said to EFE the company in a press release.

According to Huawei, these new charges “lack of basis and is based, mainly, in civil disputes recycled from the last 20 years that have been previously resolved, litigated and, in some cases, rejected by judges and juries in federal”.

For a long time, the U.S. Government believes that the company’s products to china represent a security risk, due to their very close ties with the Executive of Beijing.

Translated from ABC News https://www.abc.es/economia/abci-eeuu-acusa-huawei-robar-secretos-y-colaborar-iran-y-corea-norte-202002140547_noticia.html

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