(Reuters) – the U.S. National security adviser, Robert O’brien has warned the UK over whether to allow China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] in her 5G telecommunications networking, saying that such a move would pose a risk to the UK’s secret intelligence service, the Financial Times reported.
FILE PHOTO: a Small toy figures in the painting are to be seen in the front face of a Smartphone and a 5G-network-the logo in this illustration, a photo, 30 March 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo
“They’re just going to steal it wholesale, government secrets, regardless of whether or not they are in the UK’s nuclear secrets, or the secrets of the MI6, or MI5,” O’brien told the FT in an interview published on Tuesday.
“It’s kind of shocking to us that people in the united kingdom, in the face of the Smartphone, as a kind of a business decision. 5G is a national security decision,” he added.
O’brien said that the people in Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia, have begun to understand the concerns of the United States of america at Huawei.
The United States has been pressing for the nations, not allowing Huawei to access 5G networks, as well as alleged that the company’s equipment could be used by Beijing for spying, which is the Chinese firm has repeatedly denied.
In May, the U. S President when He signed an executive order barring AMERICAN companies from the telecommunication equipment made by the companies a national security risk.
Trumpet records, also added a Smartphone to the market black-list in May, citing national security concerns.
The question is whether Huawei’s 5G equipment to be able to include back doors to gain access to the Chinese spy, it is the distribution of the countries in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network comprising the United States, canada, the united kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Britain has taken a less hard-line in comparison with other countries in the group, with the entry of Huawei’s 5G of products that can be used in the less sensitive areas.
Huawei was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.
Reporting Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty