According to the United States, if Huawei is allowed to participate in the deployment of the 5G network, British intelligence will suffer.
US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien warned the UK that allowing Chinese Huawei Technologies to deploy its 5G network poses a risk to UK secret intelligence.
“They’re just going to steal state secrets in bulk, whether it’s UK nuclear secrets or MI-6 or MI-5 secrets,” O’Brien said in an interview with the Financial Times today.
“We are somewhat shocked that people in the UK see Huawei as a kind of commercial solution. 5G is a national security solution,” he added.
O’Brien also said that people in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia are beginning to understand the concerns expressed by the United States regarding Huawei.
The United States insists that other countries do not give Huawei access to 5G networks, claiming that the company’s equipment can be used by Beijing for espionage.
In May, the US president signed a decree banning US companies from using telecommunications equipment created by companies that pose a threat to national security. At that time, Huawei was blacklisted by the Department of Commerce, so US companies lost the ability to supply their products and services to a Chinese manufacturer.
Nearly all members of the Five Eyes intelligence network, which includes the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, meekly submitted to US pressure.