Huawei says US enticing, coercing staff to provide company info

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China's Huawei Technologies on Tuesday said the U.S. government had instructed law enforcement to 'coerce' and 'entice' its employees to turn ...

BRUSSELS: China's Huawei Technologies on Tuesday said the U.S. government had instructed law enforcement to"coerce" and"entice" its employees to turn against the company, as it steps up its pushback against a U.S. campaign that could threaten its survival.AdvertisementAmid a trade war with China, Washington put the world's No. 2 smartphone maker on an Entity List in May, in effect cutting off its access to essential U.S.

A Justice Department spokesman said that while they do not comment on specific investigations, "in all matters, our investigative techniques comply with the law and all subjects of investigations enjoy the same rights to due process afforded by our Constitution and safeguarded by an independent judiciary."

Since the start of this year, at least three U.S. employees have been contacted by U.S. law enforcement agencies, the Huawei document said.Beyond the accusations of putting pressure on its employees, Huawei also claimed that the U.S. government was launching cyber attacks on the company and mobilizing companies that work with Huawei to bring unsubstantiated accusations. The document did not provide specific details about these efforts.

 

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