Pompeo warns US may not share intel with UK if it lets Huawei into 5G network

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump taps ex-State spokeswoman Heather Nauert to help oversee White House fellowships Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Pompeo visits Iraq amid Iran tensions | Central Command offers more details on carrier, bomber deployments | Shanahan calls for Maduro to step down | Dems unveil 2020 spending plan Acting Pentagon chief calls for Maduro to step down in Venezuela MORE warned Wednesday that the U.S. may not share intelligence with the U.K. if it lets the Chinese-owned tech giant Huawei into its 5G network.

“We don’t believe you can have those technology in your systems and still have a trusted network,” Pompeo said in an interview with Sky News.

“The United States, for its part, will only participate in trusted networks. We will only share America’s information with those networks that we are confident aren’t under the control of China or China’s government.” 

The US secretary of state says America will only “participate in trusted networks” that aren’t “under the control of China”.

It’s in relation to the possible involvement of Huawei in Britain’s 5G network.

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Pompeo was asked whether that could endanger U.S.-U.K. security cooperation.

“We’ll find a way. I’m very confident we’re too important of partners,” Pompeo said. “We certainly will never put America’s national security secrets in a network that we don’t have confidence in.”

The U.S. has been urging allies to drop Huawei for months. Intelligence officials have repeatedly expressed concerns that the telecommunications giant may be spying on behalf of the Chinese government.

Huawei consistently denies that it shares information with the Chinese government or that its technology is compromised.

The push from the U.S. comes as many countries, including much of the European Union, begin adopting the next-generation wireless technology known as 5G.

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