USA to Germany: We’ll cut intelligence sharing over Chinese 5G help

US orders Germany to dump Huawei

The United States on Monday warned Germany that sensitive communications could be compromised if "untrusted vendors" were used within its 5G telecom infrastructure, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Despite US claims to the contrary, Germany has insisted that there is no evidence Huawei has or will use its gear to engage in espionage.

In the letter, Grenell warned the Germans their access to USA intelligence could be scaled back if they use Huawei equipment, which the us argues could be compromised by Chinese intelligence.

The US has told Germany it would curb intelligence sharing with Berlin if it allows Huawei to participate in its 5G mobile network. Just last week, the Italian government received a rebuke from a senior U.S. security official for saying it would discuss with Beijing possible participation in China's Belt and Road Initiative - a major infrastructure project meant to improve links between the country and its major suppliers and markets.

The move would shake up Germany's security sector, which relies on intelligence from the NSA, CIA, and other American agencies.

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There are only a few companies in the world that can provide the necessary infrastructure for the roll out of 5G.

Ignoring the warning may result in the United States downgrading its intelligence-sharing cooperation with Germany, the letter dated last Friday said.

The US has been lobbying its allies to boycott Huawei due to national security risks.

Reportedly, Huawei has no plans to sue the Australian government, for now.

No response has since been released regarding the extent of what covers the intelligence reports that will be denied nor whether the same warning was also given to other countries. And other countries have issued security warnings about Huawei and China, including the Czech Republic and Lithuania. But suspicions have increased enough that the company's founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, tried to quash them earlier this year, when he said, "No law requires any company in China to install mandatory backdoors".

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