Huawei has decided to go on the offensive against the U.S. government in an attempt to clear its name from allegations of espionage linked to American sanctions on Iran, according to a report by TechCrunch. In a dramatic turn of events, Huawei revealed on Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government arguing that a ban on the use of its products or services by federal agencies violated due process and demanded it to be overturned.
At the center of the storm is Section 889 in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed in August 2018 and is considered unconstitutional by Huawei. Section 889 restricts federal agencies from procuring Huawei equipment or services or awarding grants and loans that would be used to procure products made by the company.
During the press conference on Wednesday, Huawei chairman Guo Ping said that the Congress has not provided relevant evidence to support its restrictions and the telecom giant has not been allowed the proper process to present its side of the story.
“The U.S. government branded our services a threat. The U.S. government has never provided any evidence supporting their accusations that Huawei poses a serious security threat. The U.S. government is sparing no effort to smear the company. Even worse, it is trying to block us in other countries,” said Guo.
It’s not something new and the U.S. government has repeatedly warned its employees against using Huawei equipment over threats that China could be using the technology for spying. This latest standoff comes in the wake of growing concern regarding the company’s role in 5G and other cutting-edge technologies. This latest faceoff acquires all the more importance in light of the ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies which many believe is going to stifle innovation.
Things reached a potential breaking point when the U.S. Justice Department filed criminal charges against the company and its financial executive Meng Wanzhou for using business practices that circumvent U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Meng Wanzhou announced this week that she is going to sue the Canadian government and the national police for violating her rights when they arrested her on behalf of the U.S. government in December.
The company has repeatedly denied the presence of any backdoors in its equipment and its founder Ren Zhengfei has alleged that the detention of her daughter Meng Wanzhou is a politically motivated act and it is not acceptable.