Reacting to Hayden interview, Huawei tells U.S. to ‘just shut up’

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By Miles Yu,

The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei issued a statement hours after a former U.S. senior intelligence official confirmed that Huawei had indeed spied for the Chinese government.

Former CIA director (Ret.) Gen. Michael Hayden.  /Getty Images
Former CIA director (Ret.) Gen. Michael Hayden. /Getty Images

Gen. Michael Hayden [Ret], former director of the CIA and NSA, a highly respected professional intelligence official in the West, told the Australian Financial Review in a July 19 interview that “as an intelligence professional, I stand back in awe at the breadth, depth, sophistication and persistence of the Chinese espionage campaign against the West.”

In response to the question, “do you think hard evidence exists within democratic, English-speaking intelligence networks that Huawei has engaged in espionage on behalf of the Chinese state in the past?” Gen. Hayden replied that “Yes. I have no reason to question the belief that’s the case.”

“That’s my professional judgment,” he added, “but as the former director of the NSA, I cannot comment on specific instances of espionage or any operational matters.”

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