Huawei Vice President of External Affairs William Plummer has spoken out against the CIA and United Kingdom government over extra scrutiny and spying accusations. Huawei, a major manufacturer of networking equipment, is based out of China, and Plummer believes that the tone coming from government agencies is racist against the company’s Chinese roots.
His statement comes in response to former CIA head Michael Hayden’s comments to the Australian Financial Review, in which he claimed it was his “professional judgment” that Huawei had “shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with.”
Huawei has backed off from supplying the US with networking supplies since the accusations started and it has also come under investigation in the UK for similar concerns.
Plummer issued a statement through The Verge claiming that no evidence had been presented to make such accusations and that it is being used as an easy scapegoat for the rise in cyber attacks on newspapers and universities throughout America. He takes it even further, stating that this is nothing more than “politically-inspired and racist corporate defamation.”
His full statement reads:
This is tired nonsense we’ve been hearing for years, trotted out anew as a flimsy bright and shiny object to distract attention from the very real compromising of global networks and information that has been exposed in recent weeks. Misdirecting and slandering Huawei may feel okay because the company is Chinese-based – no harm, no foul, right? Wrong. Huawei is a world-proven multinational across 150 global markets that supports scores and scores of American livelihoods, and thousands more, indirectly, through $6 billion a year in procurements from American suppliers. Someone says they got some proof of some sort of threat? Okay. Then put up. Or shut up. Lacking proof in terms of the former, which seems clearly the case, this is politically-inspired and racist corporate defamation, nothing more.