'Ultra-secretive Cell' in Banbury where UK spooks decided it was safe to open up 5G network to China

Mail Online | 1/29/2020 | David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline
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It could be the home of a real-life Wernham Hogg, the fictional firm in Ricky Gervais's hit comedy The Office.

The nondescript unit is in an 'office village' on the outskirts of the Oxfordshire town of Banbury, close to the M40 motorway and in the shadow of an enormous Amazon warehouse shipping goods around the UK.

Fact - Home - Operation - 'The - Cell

But in fact this is the home of a secret operation nicknamed 'The Cell', tasked with making sure that Chinese tech giant Huawei isn't helping the Communist state to spy on Britain.

And it's totally tip-top secret - right up to the massive sign on the front that announces the presence of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) - as The Cell is more correctly called.

Anyone - Millions - Google - Street - View

It is immediately visible to anyone wandering past - admittedly probably not that many - but also to millions via Google Street View.

Part of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), this is where spooks decided that Huawei could be allowed to take part in the UK's 5G network, a decision that has angered Washington and Tory back-benchers alike.

Boris - Johnson - Today - Government - Decision

Boris Johnson today defended the Government's decision, saying it would not do anything to compromise the country's critical national security infrastructure.

Mr Johnson told MPs at Prime Minister's Questions: 'I think that it is absolutely vital that people in this country do have access to the best technology available but that we also do absolutely nothing to imperil our relationship with the United States, to do anything to compromise our critical national security infrastructure, or to do anything to imperil our extremely valuable co-operation with Five Eyes security partners.'

Set - Rooms - Endeavour - House - Huawei

The set of rooms in Endeavour House is owned by Huawei and is the home base of around 35 staff from the HCSEC, which was set up in 2010.

At this out-of-the-way site they test equipment supplied...
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