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Feb. 11, 2020, 4:17 p.m. EST

U.S. says China’s Huawei can gain ‘back door’ access to mobile networks around the world

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By Bojan Pancevski

The Chinese telecom company Huawei celebrated the launch of its P30 Pro device last year in London with a Northern Lights theme.

U.S. officials say Huawei Technologies Co. can covertly access mobile-phone networks around the world through “back doors” designed for use by law enforcement, as Washington tries to persuade allies to exclude the Chinese company from their networks.

Intelligence shows Huawei has had this secret capability for more than a decade, U.S. officials said. Huawei rejected the allegations.

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The U.S. kept the intelligence highly classified until late last year, when American officials provided details to allies including the U.K. and Germany, according to officials from the three countries. That was a tactical turnabout by the U.S., which in the past had argued that it didn’t need to produce hard evidence of the threat it says Huawei poses to nations’ security.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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