‘Just fake news': Huawei VP rejects WSJ report of employees spying on African politicians
Added 08-17-19 03:37:01am EST - “Huawei has never engaged in hacking activities, the company's vice president of strategy, Andrew Williamson, told RT after a report claimed its technicians helped African governments to snoop on political opponents.” - Rt.com
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RT America’s Sara Montes de Oca spoke with Williamson after traveling to the telecommunication giant’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that governments in Uganda and Zambia had allegedly enlisted Huawei’s help to spy on dissenting voices, including tapping into opposition politicians’ conversations, cracking encrypted communications, and conducting surveillance.
The newspaper said that the intricate work was allegedly done by Huawei technicians in Africa, while not providing proof that the company’s top executives in China had any knowledge of the alleged spying arrangement between the firm’s employees and local authorities.
Talking to RT, Williamson has dismissed the report as “fake news” lacking any corroborating evidence.
“We refuted that quite vociferously. Again, it just feels like it’s one those stories that come up now and again, that are completely unverified. Even other companies that have been cited in terms of their involvement have made it very clear that they don’t even have contracts in Uganda,” he said.
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