The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that USA ambassador Richard Grenell had warned that Washington could scale back intelligence and other information exchanges with Berlin if Huawei technology was built into Germany's 5G telecoms infrastructure.
The move would shake up Germany's security sector, which relies on intelligence from the NSA, CIA, and other American agencies. Those are Finnish firm Nokia, South Korean outfit Samsung, Chinese firm Huawei, Swedish corporation Ericsson, and American outfit Cisco.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday on the contents of Ambassador Grenell's letter to the German government.
Up to now, Germany has rebuffed any U.S. attempts to sway it into barring Huawei from participating in the development of its next-generation networks, as Washington and some of its allies did earlier over the company's alleged ties to Chinese intelligence and suspected involvement in commercial espionage.
The US security agency underscored that the US would not deny all intelligence from Germany in case the latter would go in bed with Huawei.
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The United States government has accused Huawei of being a Trojan horse for the Chinese Communist government that poses a risk in cybersecurity through its 5G technology.
Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy said that it had received the respective letter from the United States authorities.
"Because 5G networks are largely software-defined, updates pushed to the network by the manufacturer can radically change how they operate", Marquis told CNN.
The German Economy Ministry confirmed that the letter had been received.
Tensions have also run high over the detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is facing possible extradition to the USA on allegations she committed financial fraud in the course of allegedly violating global sanctions on Iran. The company said it had a "solid track record in cybersecurity" and further accused the US of breaking into its corporate systems, stealing information.