Huawei today lashed out against the US government and what it perceives as a campaign of harassment after a news report regarding a DOJ probe on an alleged camera patent theft.
Alongside proffering its own side of the story, the firm issued the following statement:
For the past several months, the U.S. government has been leveraging its political and diplomatic influence to lobby other governments to ban Huawei equipment. Furthermore, it has been using every tool at its disposal – including both judicial and administrative powers, as well as a host of other unscrupulous means – to disrupt the normal business operations of Huawei and its partners.[…] The fact remains that none of Huawei’s core technology has been the subject of any criminal case brought against the company, and none of the accusations levied by the U.S. government have been supported with sufficient evidence. We strongly condemn the malign, concerted effort by the U.S. government to discredit Huawei and curb its leadership position in the industry.
The tactics included what Huawei called as unlawful search and arrest of Huawei employees, cyber attacks on the firm’s intranet and obstructing normal business activities.
While Huawei is not a squeaky-clean firm by any means, the firm does have a point regarding the evidential support of the US’s claims which place Huawei as a national security risk. While some may argue that the Chinese government could simply compel Huawei to hand over data in theory, the US has actually been caught doing that with Microsoft, Google and US other tech giants.
Huawei’s smartphone and laptop businesses have been affected ever since the firm was placed on a blacklist by the US. Now, the firm’s upcoming flagship has been neutered to launch without access to Google Play apps out of the box. It’s no wonder the firm is firing back.