Huawei: security concerns and an arrest.
Canadian authorities arrested Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver at the request of the US Justice Department, which suspects that Ms. Meng violated international sanctions on Iran. Reuters reported on Thursday that the investigation includes accusations of bank fraud. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the arrest was purely judicial and there was no political involvement in the decision (BBC). Canadian prosecutors argued she should be denied bail because she's a wealthy flight risk (Wall Street Journal). Ms. Meng is the daughter of the Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, and is the company's highest profile executive (Wall Street Journal). Scott Jones, director of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, said the country is prepared in case of any Chinese retaliation against Canada (Global News).
Western intelligence services have frequently raised concerns that Huawei’s tech could be compromised by the Chinese government, and the United States, Australia, and New Zealand have effectively barred the company’s equipment from upcoming 5G networks. Japan also plans to ban government use of Huawei and ZTE products, and Canada is conducting a security review of the company’s technology (Reuters). The UK's National Cyber Security Centre has "technical concerns" regarding the company (The Telegraph).
In a rare public speech Monday, MI6 chief Alex Younger issued strong warnings regarding the risk Huawei's kit poses, saying its 5G technology will be more difficult to monitor (Financial Times). Rapidly evolving technology poses a "potentially existential threat" to democracies, he said, and the UK needs to take control of this urgent matter. "We and our allies face a battle to make sure technology works to our advantage, not to that of our opponents," said Younger. "There will be a dividing line between those intelligence services that grasp this, as the UK agencies have, and those services that don't" (Business Insider).