Huawei faces gale force headwinds with intelligence agencies linking its telecom devices as potential Trojan Horses which can be tapped by Chinese intelligence.
According to information available in court filings, two units of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd are set to be arraigned on February 28 in Seattle on a 10-count indictment on charges of conspiring to steal T-Mobile US Inc’s trade secrets.
The Justice Department has alleged that Huawei Device Co Ltd and Huawei Device USA Inc have committed wire fraud and have obstructed justice by stealing robotic technology from T-Mobile to test smartphones’ durability.
According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, a corporate representative for Huawei will be appearing at the arraignment.
Huawei did not immediately comment.
In a separate incident, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have charged Huawei and its affiliates with bank and wire fraud on allegations that they violated sanctions against Iran. This has been reported by us earlier on Monday. No arraignment date has been set in that case.
These charges pile on top of existing pressures from the U.S. government on China’s Huawei, with Washington trying to prevent the theft and forced transfer of U.S. technologies being leaked or handed over to Chinese companies.
Court records show the two Huawei units has retained several high-profile lawyers including former Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole, a partner at Sidley Austin LLP; former Justice Department lawyer David Bitkower, a partner at Jenner & Block; former federal prosecutor Robert Westinghouse, a partner at Yarmuth LLP; and two lawyers at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.