[ISN] Huawei spies for China, says ex-CIA head

http://www.afr.com/p/national/huawei_spies_for_china_says_ex_cia_QoPS9JWsvg6bMYqmPbtqLK By Christopher Joye Financial Review 19 JUL 2013 The former head of the US Central ­Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, Michael Hayden, believes Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei Technologies is a significant security threat to Australia and the US, has spied for the Chinese government, and intelligence agencies have hard evidence of its activities. The retired four-star general told The Australian Financial Review it was his “professional judgment” that ­Huawei supplied sensitive intelligence to ­Chinese officials, an assessment that backs up the federal government’s decision in 2011 to ban it from helping build the national broadband network. ­ Critics said the move was an over­reaction that hurt relations with China. General Hayden said Western intelligence agencies had information about Huawei’s clandestine activities and it had, at a minimum, “shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with,” he said. “I think that goes without saying – it’s one reality,” he said. […]