Huawei made a statement on Sunday saying that they would condemn the NSA for snooping if reports of the agency doing so proved to be true. According to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA may have been monitoring executives at Huawei and their communications.
According to the New York Times, a goal of one of the NSA operations, code-named “Shotgiant”, was to find connections between Huawei and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Apparently the NSA also wanted to exploit Huawei’s technology and use telephone networks that Huawei sold to conduct surveillance.
Reportedly, the NSA gained access to Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzen and obtained information about the company’s complex digital switches that apparently connects about a third of the world. The goal of this was apparently to pursue a digital offensive about leaders in China, namely the former prime minister Hu Jintao.
Apparently U.S. officials see Huawei as a security threat, saying that the company could install their equipment with back doors for the Chinese government to use to gain government secrets. U.S. officials deny the allegations.