In response to a Monday report suggesting Huawei may be a threat to America’s national security, the company has come out with a press releases lambasting the unfair verdict. The Chinese telecom company said the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s findings were baseless and unsubstantiated.
According to Huawei, the company cooperated fully with the Committee in “an open and transparent manner,” sharing key information about funding and financial operations during face-to-face talks. Despite being open and cooperative, however, Huawei said the Committee’s investigation was moving forward with a “predetermined outcome,” citing a quote by the chairman of the Committee that encouraged American businesses to stray from Huawei tech.
The Committee’s report not only ignored our proven track record of network security in the United States and globally, but also paid no attention to the large amount of facts that we have provided, Huawei said on Monday. The report release by the Committee today employs many rumors and speculations to prove non-existent accusations. This report does not address the challenges faced by the ICT industry… We have to suspect that the only purpose of such a report is to impede competition and obstruct Chinese ICT companies from entering the US market.
Huawei goes on to plead its case for innocence, highlighting the company’s 25 year history and commitment to “safety and integrity.” Additionally, the company said it’s no different from any Silicon Valley start-up, reiterating its dedication to its values and “entrepreneurial spirit.” Huawei isn’t particularly big in the U.S., but it’s still a pretty huge blow being branded as a national security threat. We’ll keep you posted on how things develop further.