Huawei investigations targeted by Chinese spies and US colleges

Huawei investigations targeted by Chinese spies and US colleges

The United States has revealed charges alleging that two Chinese intelligence officers tried to obstruct a criminal investigation of Huawei.

The we Charges have been disclosed that two Chinese intelligence officers tried to obstruct a criminal investigation of Huawei Technologies, and that others were working on behalf of a “foreign power” to try to buy technology and recruit spies.

The charges were part of a series of recently revealed cases that the Justice Department announced on Monday said officials said had disrupted criminal activity by the People’s Republic of China.

“Government China sought to interfere with the rights and freedoms of individuals in United State “To undermine our judicial system that protects those rights,” Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters in Cairo. Washington. “They did not succeed.”

Reportedly, ten of the thirteen accused were Chinese intelligence personnel FBI Director Chris Wray.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco added that the case involving alleged obstruction of a US investigation into a telecommunications company – which the Justice Department has not identified – exposes the relationship between the Chinese government and its companies. She said Telecommunications The giant tried to “unlawfully gain an advantage” to undermine the US investigation, and explains why Chinese companies should not be trusted to handle Americans’ personal data.

In a complaint published Monday, the United States alleged that Guochun He and Zheng Wang acted on behalf of the Chinese government to target the United States, from 2019 to the present, on behalf of the company. A person familiar with the matter confirmed that it was Huawei.

61,000 dollars in Bitcoin

The United States alleges that He and Wang bribed a law enforcement official to provide what they believe to be classified information about witnesses, evidence and potential additional charges to be filed against the tech giant. He paid the employee $61,000 in bitcoin, according to the criminal complaint.

In a separate lawsuit, four people were charged in federal court in New Jersey with conspiracy to act as an illegal agent for a foreign government. The plot allegedly included Chinese intelligence officers posing as academics to recruit US law enforcement officials and others to solicit assistance in procuring fingerprinting technology and equipment for the United States. They also allegedly pressured a former official to stop protests in the US along the 2008 Olympic torch relay, according to court filings.

In addition, the Department of Justice It was announced that seven people from China had been charged in an indictment that was revealed in the eastern region of New York Last week, he plotted to harass a Chinese citizen living in the United States in the hope of returning the person. These actions were allegedly part of China’s effort, called “Operation Fox Hunt,” to force the repatriation of alleged fugitives living in other countries.

In the case related to the Huawei investigation, the complaint includes conversations between He and Wang and a US government employee who acts as a double agent under the supervision of the FBI. They were using an unrecognized encrypted messenger.

At a regular press briefing on Tuesday in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that “the United States is over-expanding the concept of national security to obstruct Chinese companies and undermine the legitimate interests of Chinese citizens.”

financial difficulties

In a January 2019 letter, the employee told him that he was “experiencing financial difficulties”.

“Let me see if there’s something I can do for you,” he replied, according to the complaint.

Later, in February 2020, when the United States added new charges to the existing case against it Huaweihe wrote, “And you know, yesterday, the US Department of Justice filed a new lawsuit aimed solely at [Huawei]Can you talk about this with your ex-college? [colleague] Who works in the Ministry of Justice? He allegedly asked. “Evidence, or following procedures, or connections… Anything about this is fine, thank you very much.”

The government alleges that He and Wang first developed their relationship with the unnamed law enforcement officer in February 2007, before the employee began working with the FBI.

A US judge on Thursday approved arrest warrants for He and Wang, two Chinese nationals, for obstruction of official proceedings and money laundering. Their current location is unknown.

US prosecutors indicted Huawei in 2019, claiming it stole trade secrets from T-Mobile USA Inc. The bank fraud was committed by violating sanctions for doing business with Iran. The United States expanded the case the following year, adding charges of conspiracy to extortion.

Huawei spokesman Mike Hong did not immediately comment on the new charges related to the US investigation into the company.

Alleged efforts to interfere with prosecution escalated in October 2021 when He and Wang told a law enforcement officer to give them details of prosecution strategy meetings with the US team in Brooklyn, the US alleged. The employee passed to He a fake one-page document titled “SECRET” discussing a possible plan to charge two of the company’s current directors who are based in China. According to the complaint, he paid $41 thousand per page.

As recently as last month, she and Wang allegedly gave the employee $14,000 worth of jewelry as well as $600 for sensitive information.

The case is United States v. Guochun He and Zheng Wang, 22-mj-1137, US District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

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