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US accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets

The United States has accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and lying to US federal investigators in a new indictment.

The superseding indictment makes new allegations against Huawei, including claims that the company successfully engaged in a decades-long effort to steal intellectual property, giving it an unfair advantage over competitors.

The new indictment also alleges that Huawei engaged in covert efforts to ship its goods and services to Iran and North Korea, in violation of US, European and United Nations sanctions.

The Department of Justice said internal documents showed that the company referred to the sanctioned countries using code names, such as “A2” for Iran and “A9” for North Korea, in what prosecutors said reflected the “inherent sensitivity” of this business.

The new indictment includes charges of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to steal trade secrets. The company is accused of using proxies, including professors at research institutions, to steal intellectual property.

The DoJ said its investigation was continuing and alleged, among other claims, that Huawei had lied about its relationship with Skycom, which prosecutors said was an “unofficial subsidiary” of Huawei that had assisted Iran in performing domestic surveillance, including against demonstrators in Tehran in 2009.

The allegations come a year after the DoJ charged Huawei and Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer and the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei, of fraud and of circumventing sanctions.

Meng was arrested in Vancouver airport in December 2018, and remains on bail in Canada, where she is fighting extradition to the US.

The announcement of new charges in addition to the former criminal accusations comes just weeks after Boris Johnson’s government defied US warnings against Britain’s partnership with Huawei and announced that the Chinese company would serve as a 5G supplier.

The indictment also alleges that Huawei “engaged in a pattern of obstruction” to mislead US authorities and advised employees to conceal their employment with the company during encounters with law enforcement officials.

Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the company has previously denied any wrongdoing.

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