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United States prosecutors said on Thursday that classified information gathered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will be introduced in the federal trial of Chinese telecom company Huawei, which has been charged with committing money laundering, bank fraud, and wire fraud in the course of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Solomon and filings from the federal government, the information was “obtained or derived from electronic surveillance and physical search” and must be handled as classified material. An earlier Reuters report said American agencies were able to gather evidence against Huawei executives by peering into their personal electronics as they passed through airports.
Prosecutor - Reuters - FISA - Courts - Surveillance
A former federal prosecutor told Reuters that FISA courts usually authorize surveillance when they “suspect someone may be spying on behalf of a foreign power.”
The U.S. government has accused Huawei of such activities and has warned allies against relying on any Chinese technology for their next-generation networks because it could create vulnerabilities for Chinese intelligence agents to exploit.
Figure - Brooklyn - Trial - Huawei - CFO
A key figure in the Brooklyn trial is Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, whom Canada detained at the request of the United States and is currently fighting extradition while the Chinese government pressures Canada to release her.
The company pleaded not guilty to all 13 counts of fraud and sanctions-busting leveled against it. Huawei also denies that its products contain deliberate security flaws or that it works with Chinese intelligence, characterizing the charges as an American effort to harm the company for protectionist purposes.
Hearings - Huawei - Case - Brooklyn - June
Hearings in the Huawei case in Brooklyn are scheduled to resume on June 19. Judge Ann Donnelly paused the hearings at the request of the prosecution to give them more time to assemble evidence, granting 150 days for discovery instead of the customary 120.
A separate case pending against Huawei at the U.S. District Court in...
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