NSA targeted Chinese telecoms giant Huawei

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The National Security Agency created “back doors” into networks maintained by the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, according to a report released on Saturday.

The report comes from a document provided by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and disclosed by the New York Times and Der Spiegel. It will add to embarrassment in US government circles, in light of an October 2012 US House of Representatives intelligence committee report which said US firms should avoid doing business with Huawei and another Chinese telecoms company, ZTE, because they posed a national security threat.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet Chinese president Xi Jinping in the Hague on Monday, during a six-day trip to Europe in which he will attempt to strengthen international opinion against Russia's occupation of Crimea. The first lady, Michelle Obama, is currently in China with her mother and two daughters; on Saturday she told an audience of students at Peking University's Stanford Centre that web access should be “a universal right”.

On Saturday, William Plummer, Huawei's vice-president of external affairs, said in an email to the Associated Press: "Huawei has declared its willingness to work with governments, industry stakeholders and customers in an open and transparent manner, to jointly address the global challenges of network security and data integrity.

“The information presented in Der Spiegel and the New York Times..

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/22/nsa-huawei-china-telecoms-times-spiegel