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Germany faces losing USA intelligence if it uses Huawei equipment

US warns Germany that using Huawei equipment will affect intelligence sharing Huawei Huawei it's a holi-holiday
Andrew Cummings | 13 March, 2019, 02:13

He noted that Washington would continue to share intelligence information with Berlin even if Huawei remained in the German market, but would reduce the volume and transparency of this exchange.

An official from the German Economic Ministry dismissed the letter from Grenell, saying that it included no new information and reiterating that there was no evidence to support United States claims that Huawei posed a risk.

The warning is contained in a letter sent by the us ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, to Germany's economics minister Peter Altmaier, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

The letter, which was dated Friday and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, marks the first known time the USA has explicitly warned an ally that refusing to ostracise Huawei could lessen security cooperation with Washington.

The U.S. government warned Germany it might limit intelligence sharing if Germany uses Huawei's equipment in its 5G network, the Journal reported.

In an interview with business daily Handelsblatt, Huawei's chief for West Europe, Vincent Pang, said the US warning went too far. According to FCC filings, those cell towers use Chinese technology that security experts warn could allow China to gather intelligence while also potentially mounting network attacks in the areas surrounding this and other sensitive military installations.

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Reportedly, Huawei has no plans to sue the Australian government, for now.

Europe's security agencies relied heavily on USA intelligence to stop terrorist attacks, the Journal noted.

The Chinese telecoms behemoth has strenuously denied the espionage allegations.

"The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has indeed received a letter; there is no comment on its content from their side".

During an appearance on a ZDF television talk show on Thursday, Altmaier said that Germany did not want to ban Huawei but would change its laws to guarantee all components used in the 5G networks are secure.

The year ended with the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada at U.S. request, to the consternation of China.

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