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Republican Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Mike Braun (R-IN) have sent a letter to tech giant Microsoft warning it about the dangers of doing business with China’s Huawei.
The letter followed complaints from Microsoft that U.S. officials won’t share intelligence on the Chinese tech company, which is now widely perceived as an unofficial surveillance arm of the communist Chinese state.
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In comments to Bloomberg Businessweek last month, Microsoft Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith complained that the U.S. government isn’t sufficiently forthright on Huawei.
“Oftentimes, what we get in response is, ‘Well, if you knew what we knew, you would agree with us,’” Smith said. “And our answer is, ‘Great, show us what you know so we can decide for ourselves. That’s the way this country works.’”
Fact - Company - US - Government - Microsoft
Despite the fact that the Chinese company is now blacklisted by the U.S. government, Microsoft (along with chip manufacturer Intel), still profits from Huawei, offering continued support for its laptops.
Microsoft also continues to sell products from Chinese company Hikvision, which has also been placed on a U.S. blacklist. It has also partnered with Hikvision for a summit on intelligence and security.
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The Senators’ letter warns Microsoft that the threat posed by Huawei is “real and urgent.”
Citing a myriad of Huawei-related scandals, including the transfer of data from...
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