Uganda: Revealed - How Huawei Helped Museveni Spy On Bobi Wine
16 August, 2019, 16:45
In the report from WSJ, it's noted that Huawei executives in China didn't know this was taking place and that there wasn't any evidence of Huawei engaging in spying activity for the Chinese government. Nothing indicates that the Huawei technology used in the alleged spying was specialised or exclusive, suggesting that any similar technology from any company could be used for the same effect.
The report comes amid scrutiny from the U.S. toward Huawei based on the risk that China could use Huawei telecoms equipment to spy on the USA.
The Chinese consumer electronics giant is under scrutiny again, this time over a Wall Street Journal report that found some of its employees helped governments in Africa keep tabs on political opposition using cell data to spy on their movements.
Ugandan authorities supposedly used messages in the WhatsApp group to thwart plans for street rallies and arrested Wine and dozens of his supporters.
According to the report, authorities allegedly got assistance from Huawei employees to intercept encrypted messages sent and received by opposition figures.
In Zambia, Huawei technicians reportedly helped the government access the phones and Facebook pages belonging to bloggers who oppose Zambian president Edgar Lungu's regime.
Huawei employees in Uganda decrypted the messages at the request of Ugandan police who tried and failed to crack the messages themselves.
The US also had plenty of ammunition already to support its stance, which has included the Department of Justice filing a series of criminal charges in January that allege Huawei's CFO committed wire fraud, among other things.
After a thorough and detailed internal investigation on the points raised by the WSJ's reporting team, Huawei rejects completely these unfounded and inaccurate allegations against our business operations in Algeria, Uganda and Zambia.
In a statement issued to The Wall Street Journal itself, a Huawei spokesperson wrote and flagged off the allegations as false.
Huawei Technologies, one of the world's largest telecommunications company, dominates African markets, where it has sold security tools that governments use for digital surveillance and censorship.
This article has been updated to include comment from Huawei South Africa.
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