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Huawei Worried About Spies, Cuts “US-Linked” Staff

Multiple sources have told the Nikkei Asian Review that Huawei Technologies “is redeploying senior executives and scientists who have US links due to growing concern inside China’s biggest tech company that they could be co-opted by American agents and leak confidential data.”

Sources also said Huawei is fortifying electronic security systems between its headquarters in Shenzhen, China, and overseas offices to prevent security leaks.

“Part of the reason that some American executives have left is that Huawei is worried that some of its local US employees have been contacted by US intelligence,” said one source. “The company is worried that other senior executives [with US citizenship or residency] could be approached, too.”

Sources named several Huawei executives that have recently left the company.

One of those executives is Wang Hsin-shih, a Huawei tech development team leader based in Taiwan. Wang had connections to Silicon Valley, and recently left Huawei for “his US-links.”

Another source confirmed the departure of staff, adding that Huawei in Shenzhen was extremely concerned about U.S.-linked executives and researchers working at the company could easily be influenced by US government personnel to leak sensitive information.

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