US national security adviser Robert O’Brien has warned UK about allowing Huawei into its 5G network development, saying such a move would pose a risk to UK’s access to secret intelligence.
Robert O’Brien told FinancialTimes that any UK government decision to allow the Chinese telecom company in the 5G network risked giving the Chinese government access to the “most intimate” details of British citizens and the ability to steal national secrets.
“They are just going to steal wholesale state secrets, whether they are the UK’s nuclear secrets or secrets from MI6 or MI5,” Mr O’Brien said in an interview.
“It is somewhat shocking to us that folks in the UK would look at Huawei as some sort of a commercial decision. 5G is a national security decision,” he added.
The US alleges Huawei of posing a national security threat and stealing secrete info through its network equipment, of which Huawei has repeatedly denied. Moreover, the US keeps pushing the UK to ban Huawei, a decision that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to make.
Back in May, the US Commerce Department added Huawei into the Entity-List that bars the company’s telecom equipment and other business with US firms. As an extract, the Entity-list has failed to make any big damage to Huawei and most US allies in Europe refused to block the Chinese tech giant.
More recently, FCC passed an order to ban carriers in rural America from tapping the Universal Service Fund (USF) to purchase Huawei equipment. Huawei has officially announced that it’ll fight legally against the unlawful order passed by the FCC.