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Britain to allow Huawei restricted access to 5G network, 24 April
Britain's National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, met to discuss Huawei on Tuesday. Britain will block Huawei from all core parts of the 5G network and access to non-core parts would be restricted, two security sources told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"It's essential that we get the balance right, ensuring that our networks are built in a way that is secure against interference from whatever source, but also are competitive," said Britain's finance minister, Philip Hammond.

PROBE: UK defense minister Gavin Williamson sacked over Huawei leak, 1 May
In a letter to Williamson, May said that the PROBE "provides compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorized disclosure."
Shortly after the news broke, Williamson released a statement where he "emphatically" denied any involvement in the leak and said that a formal inquiry "would have vindicated my position."

The British government announced that Penny Mordaunt will be replacing Williamson as defense minister. She previously served as the minister for international development and is a reservist with the Royal Navy. Prisons minister Rory Stewart has been appointed to replace Mordaunt.

Britain's compromise could provide a template for other Western nations to follow as they try to navigate the row between Beijing and Washington.

The world's leading intelligence-sharing network - the anglophone Five Eyes alliance of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand - will not use technology from Huawei in its most sensitive networks, a U.S. official said.

U.S. prosecutors seek to disqualify Huawei defense lawyer: filing invisible ink, 2 May
The lawyer, James Cole, was the [deputy attorney general] at the Justice Department between 2011 and 2015, a period  [Obama admin] when the United States was obtaining information on how Huawei might have been doing business in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.

The government did not make public why it is seeking to remove Cole from the case. In a letter to the court, prosecutors said they had filed a sealed, classified motion to disqualify Cole and expected to file a public version by May 10.

Huawei CFO Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou: Free Carlos Ghosn!
Cole entered a not guilty plea on behalf of ["]the company["] and its U.S. subsidiary on March 14 in Brooklyn.

The crux of the case is that Meng and Huawei allegedly conspired to defraud [?!] HSBC Holdings Plc [UK] and other banks by misrepresenting Huawei's relationship with Skycom Tech Co Ltd, a suspected front company that operated in Iran. [...] U.S. prosecutors said last month they planned to use information about Huawei obtained through secret surveillance [mwhahaha] in the case.

In March, Reuters detailed how U.S. authorities secretly tracked Huawei's activities, including by collecting information copied from electronic devices carried by Chinese telecom executives traveling through airports.

I wouldn't turn my back on a one of them in broad daylight.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 12:54:44 AM EST
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