In one of the most explicit demands yet to be sent to an ally over Huawei, the US government has told Germany to release the Chinese company from its future plans or risk losing access to some American intelligence, Wall Street Journal
Huawei has faced US allegations that it could be used by the Chinese government for espionage. The company has several times refused to act on behalf of China, pointing out that the US government has not provided any evidence to confirm the allegations, but US officials have remained convinced. The Trump administration has pushed allies to end their relationship with Huawei, but Germany, which continues with its plans, has not moved to ban the company from its networks.
According to Journal a letter from the US Ambassador to Germany warns the United States that the United States will stop sharing some secrets if it allows Huawei to work on its next generation 5G infrastructure. The letter, according to Journal claims that network security cannot be effectively controlled by equipment or software audits. While the US is planning to continue to share intelligence with Germany, anyway, Journal officials are planning to limit the scope of this information if Huawei equipment is used in German infrastructure.
In the United States, the struggle over the company has continued to escalate. The Ministry of Justice has accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets, and the chief finance director faces extradition to the United States on suspicion of violating sanctions against Iran. Huawei has denied wrongdoing, and last week, the company upgraded its efforts even further when filing a lawsuit against the United States, claiming that a ban on its equipment in the government was constitutional.