The former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency in the US has said he is aware of hard evidence that Huawei Technologies has spied for the Chinese government, the Australian Financial Review newspaper reports.
Michael Hayden said in an interview with the paper that Huawei had “shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with”.
“I think that goes without saying,” he said.
According to the newspaper, Hayden said intelligence agencies have hard evidence of spying activity by the world’s No 2 telecoms equipment maker. It did not detail that evidence.
Huawei, founded in 1987 by the former People’s Liberation Army officer Ren Zhengfei, has repeatedly denied being linked to the Chinese government or military, or receiving financial support from either.