State Department Issues ‘Clean Telcos’ Edict and Again Warns U.K. against Huawei
June 29, 2020 (EIRNS)—On June 24, Mike Pompeo’s State Department issued its short list of “Clean Telcos,” that are authorized suppliers of communications equipment. “The tide is turning against Huawei as citizens around the world are waking up to the danger of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state,” spoke the oracle, listing a series of client-states as proof of its omnipotence, neglecting to mention that Huawei is a private company.
Pompeo’s “Clean” companies include Orange in France, Telefónica in Spain, Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK and KT in South Korea, NTT in Japan, and O2 in the United Kingdom, along with the requisite Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung. It’s a good thing that America has such trustworthy partners, since not even one U.S. company can compete in this area.
Separately, the State Department issued another warning to the U.K. on Huawei, this one after the company advanced in its plans to build a $1.2 billion international research headquarters near Cambridge, north of London. The high-tech company cleared a major hurdle on June 25, when the town of Sawston granted its land request, for what will be expanded to include an entire research campus.
In a verbal statement issued to trade daily FierceWireless, the State Department said, “We believe countries need to be able to trust that partners will not threaten national security, privacy, intellectual property, or human rights. Trust cannot exist where a company such as Huawei is subject to an authoritarian government, like the P.R.C., that lacks an independent judiciary or rule of law that would effectively prohibit the misuse of data.”