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3/24/2014 (6 months ago)

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Agency was interested into hacking into other countries such as Iran, Afghanistan and Cuba

Now ensconced in Russia, former National Security Agency contractor - and now international whistleblower against said U.S. agency, has dropped yet another bombshell. As reported by the New York Times, U.S. intelligence agencies attempted to monitor the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

White House officials declined to comment on the specifics in the documents -- but distinguished between intelligence for national security and intelligence for economic advantage.

White House officials declined to comment on the specifics in the documents -- but distinguished between intelligence for national security and intelligence for economic advantage.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/24/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: HUawei, national Security Agency, snooping


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to newspaper reports, the NSA monitored communications of top Huawei executives looking for evidence of ties to the Chinese government and military. The documents do not confirm those ties.

The NSA was also interested in tapping into Huawei's networks in order to monitor communications of Huawei customers in other countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and Cuba. It's unclear if these surveillance efforts were followed through on.

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The surveillance program, dubbed "Shotgiant," was also reported by the German publication Der Spiegel.

"Huawei condemns the infiltration of corporate networks, the monitoring of private communications and the theft of confidential product information, all the more so when the intent of such theft is to abuse that confidential information to disrupt and exploit other networks," U.S.-based Huawei executive William Plummer says.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei also registered an objection at a ministry briefing.

"We are extremely concerned about the relevant report," he said. "Recently, the media has put out a lot of reports about the eavesdropping, surveillance and stealing of secrets by the United States of other countries, including China. China has already lodged many complaints with the United States about this. We demand that the United States makes a clear explanation and stop such acts."

White House officials declined to comment on the specifics in the documents -- but distinguished between intelligence for national security and intelligence for economic advantage.

"We do not give intelligence we collect to U.S. companies to enhance their international competitiveness or increase their bottom line. Many countries cannot say the same," NSC spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

"Continuous and selective publication of specific techniques and tools used by NSA to pursue legitimate foreign intelligence targets is detrimental to the security of the United States and our allies," NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said.

Based in China, Huawei is a global telecom company and a major player in computer networking, government and financial and mobile communications. Its services connect to a third of the world's population, the Huawei Web site says, and ranks third to Apple and Samsung as a producer of mobile phones.

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