U.S. tracked Huawei, ZTE workers at suspected Chinese spy sites in Cuba

From our Bureau of Spy Stuff

It looks as if the U.S. government has been keeping an eye on Chinese agents in Cuba for a while. So, never mind all those news stories that “revealed” the existence of Chinese spying facilities on the island.

Huawei, one of the Chinese companies involved in this spying, has dominated Cuba’s cell phone market for several years.

Naturally, those involved in all this spy stuff are denying their participation in it.

From El Guolstriyurnal (Wall Street Journal)

U.S. officials tracked workers from Chinese telecom companies Huawei Technologies and ZTE entering and exiting suspected Chinese spy facilities in Cuba, according to people familiar with the matter.

Intelligence reviewed during the Trump administration contributed to suspicions at the time that the companies might be playing a role in expanding China’s ability to spy on the U.S. from the island, according to the people. It couldn’t be learned whether the Biden administration has pursued that line of inquiry.

While neither Huawei nor ZTE is known to make the sophisticated tools governments would use for eavesdropping, both specialize in the technology needed to facilitate such an operation, such as servers and network equipment that could be used to transmit data to China, the people familiar with the matter said.

In a statement, Huawei said it denied “such groundless accusations,” adding that it was “committed to full compliance with the applicable laws and regulations where we operate.”

A ZTE statement called The Wall Street Journal reporting “baseless.”. . .

. . . Beijing’s efforts to expand its intelligence gathering from Cuba are continuing, the White House has said. Following a 2019 upgrade to its intelligence-collection facilities on the island, Beijing “will keep trying to enhance its presence in Cuba, and we will keep working to disrupt it,” a White House official said Monday.

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