This week, the US Justice Department revealed a slew of charges against Huawei, intending to have Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou extradited to the United States.
Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei has, in an effort to salvage the company’s reputation, spearheaded a PR campaign to highlight Huawei’s merits.
Following the US allegations of brazen criminality Huawei has been charged with violating US and UN prohibitions on trading with Iran. The main defendant is Meng Wanzhou.
A separate case also describes corporate espionage against US telecom operator T-Mobile and the accusation that Huawei’s staff were remunerated if successful.
None of the charges deal with deeper US concerns that Huawei’s infrastructure is a Trojan horse aiding Chinese espionage and sabotage.
The main case levels 13 charges against Huawei Technologies, Meng – who faces an extradition hearing in Canada on March 6 — and two affiliates over Iran sanctions violations.
They say Meng “repeatedly lied” to bankers and that Huawei obstructed justice by destroying evidence and putting witnesses beyond the reach of US law enforcement.
Huawei strenuously denies wrongdoing and Beijing has said the allegations are politically motivated.