The US government accused Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Thursday of stealing trade secrets and said the company maintains illegal business with North Korea and assists Iran in internal surveillance.
The indictment of 16 charges of conspiracy to steal trade secrets and violate the law of corrupt organizations influenced by organized crime (RICO) against Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and two of its US subsidiaries, was filed this Wednesday in a federal court in Brooklyn, in New York, the Department of Justice said today in a statement.
One of the accusations refers to the alleged practice that the Chinese-based company has long used to, through fraud and deception, improperly appropriate advanced technology and intellectual property of US companies, the Department of Justice reported.
In its accusation, product of a long “independent investigation” carried out by the US Government and replacing the previous ones, the Department of Justice ensures that the intellectual property illegally obtained by Huawei included “trade secrets and material protected by the rights of author, as source code and user manuals for internet routers, antenna technology and robot test technology. “
The US government also accused Huawei of working on commercial and technological projects in countries subject to its sanctions or those of the UN, such as Iran and North Korea, as well as carrying out efforts to hide the scope of these businesses by mentioning in their internal communications to those nations with code names, such as the code “A2” for the first of those countries or “A9” for the second.
Specifically, about Iran, accuses Huawei of helping the Government of that country to carry out national surveillance, even during the demonstrations in Tehran in 2009, through the company Skycom, one of its unofficial subsidiaries, a relationship that employees Huawei allegedly tried to deny.
According to the US Government, to achieve its goals, Huawei reached “confidentiality agreements with the owners of intellectual property” and then appropriated it and recruited employees of other companies to be the ones who appropriated the property Intellectual of their former employers.
As part of this plot, he added, “Huawei allegedly launched a policy that institutes a bonus program to reward employees who obtained confidential information from their competitors.”
“Huawei, Huawei USA and Futurewei agreed to reinvest revenues from this alleged organized crime activity in Huawei’s global businesses, including in the United States,” the Justice Department said, indicating that this new indictment contains charges from the previous indictment announced in January 2019.
Other subsidiaries mentioned in the indictment are Huawei Device Co. Ltd. (Huawei Device) and Skycom Tech Co. Ltd. (Skycom), as well as the chief financial officer of Huawei, Wanzhou Meng.
Contacted by Efe, Huawei has not yet given its version on these new accusations.
For a long time, the US Government considers that the products of the Chinese company represent a security risk, due to its very close ties with the Chinese Executive.