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Report: Chinese Military Closely Linked to Huawei Employees

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By    |   Monday, 08 July 2019 01:41 PM

Recent analysis of Huawei personnel has found that many of the company's employees have extensive connections to the Chinese military and intelligence organizations, CNBC reports.

The study was conducted by Christopher Balding, an associate professor at Fulbright University Vietnam and the conservative think tank Henry Jackson Society, which is based in London. They investigated the CVs of Huawei employees obtained from an information leak from websites and databases run by recruitment firms.

One employee held a position at Huawei while also holding a teaching and research role at a military university, meaning the person was also being employed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army, and had connections to the military group responsible for the country's cyber, space, and electronic warfare capabilities.

Another Huawei employee also represented a government entity that worked in espionage and counterintelligence, and the study found that this person "engaged in behavior that describes planting information capture technology or software on Huawei products."

"The circumstantial evidence appears quite strong to support valid concerns about the relationship between Huawei, the PLA, and concerns about intelligence gathering," Balding wrote.

He added, "I do not have evidence that the Chinese state has directly ordered a Huawei employee to commit acts of espionage or similar behavior. I say that only because I do not have audio tape of the the order or an email indicating such orders."

Huawei told CNBC in a statement that it "cannot confirm the veracity" of Balding's information, but stressed that candidates for employment are "required" to prove they no longer work for the military or government.

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