Former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt pointed out that Huawei has engaged in unacceptable practices that threaten any organizations’ security.
Ex-Google Boss and the current chair of the Defence Innovation Advisory board for the Pentagon Eric Schmidt, has warned everybody that Huawei poses a national threat to security by getting information from its routers and has “ultimately ended up in the hands of Chinese Government.”
Schmidt quoted in a documentary aired on BBC radio, “There’s no question that information from Huawei routers has ultimately ended up in hands that would appear to be the state,” he added. “However that happened, we’re sure it happened.” He expressed that Huawei’s motive is to spy organizations such as NSA, specifying their operations as a form of “signals intelligence” that work on behalf of their Government.
Huawei has been accused numerous times of posing as a threat to national security. The U.S. officials worried that breaching and getting information could enable Chinese espionage. Washington has significantly pressured allies to ban Huawei from accessing their next-generation 5G mobile networks.
However, the tech giant denied the allegations and Huawei Vice President Victor Zhang stated, “The allegations made by Eric Schmidt, who now works for the U.S. government, are simply not true and as with similar assertions in the past, are not backed by evidence.”
Huawei has frequently denied accusations that it passes data to Beijing and insists on its independence from their Government.
This is not the first time Schmidt has remarked on China. Last 2018, the former executive warned of a “bifurcation” of the internet into two separate models which one led by the U.S. and the other by China. He also asserted to have advocated for Google’s work in China when it initially pulled out of the country.