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US State Department investigating Huawei over alleged provision of censorship technology to Govt. of Iran

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Author: Le Figaro [France]

Des élus américains ont réclamé une enquête sur les activités en Iran...[de] Huawei Technologies, qui seraient en violation des sanctions américaines contre Téhéran. Dans une lettre à la secrétaire d'Etat américaine datée du 22 décembre, six élus citent un article du Wall Street Journal du 11 octobre 2011 qui suggère que Huawei Technologies a fourni du matériel de télécommunication à l'Iran qui permettrait au régime de Téhéran de situer des personnes grâce à leur téléphone portable. "De tels services pourraient s'avérer un outil crucial pour le gouvernement iranien dans le but de perturber et restreindre la liberté d'opinion de ses citoyens", écrivent les élus dans la lettre...Les élus ont salué comme une "étape positive" la décision récente de la compagnie chinoise de ne plus faire affaire avec l'Iran. Mais ils précisent que les "actions passées et les services toujours existants" pourraient mettre la compagnie en violation avec les sanctions américaines. [fait également référence à Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Network (joint venture de Nokia & Siemens]

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5 January 2012

U.S. State Department Investigating Huawei on Iran Concerns

Author: Michael Kan, IDG News

The U.S. Department of State said on Wednesday it is investigating Huawei Technologies for allegedly providing censorship and mobile phone tracking technology to Iran, following a request from six U.S. lawmakers. The Department of State "shares the concern of any potential export of technology to Iran that is to be used specifically to disrupt, monitor or suppress communication of the people of Iran," said department spokeswoman Beth Gosselin in an email...[Six] U.S. lawmakers asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in December to investigate Huawei for possibly violating U.S. sanctions against Iran...Huawei, based in Shenzhen, China, has said the company's business has been in strict compliance with all relevant international and local laws. "Unfortunately, a few members of Congress continue to cite inaccurate media reports that include groundless allegations and inaccuracies," the company said in a statement. Huawei has said it's business activities have been "grossly misrepresented" in Iran...

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4 January 2012

Huawei dismisses U.S. calls for probe of Iran business

Author: Charlie Zhu, Reuters

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd said on Wednesday that calls by six U.S. lawmakers to investigate whether the giant Chinese telecommunications equipment maker has violated a sanctions law by supplying sensitive technology to Iran were based on inaccurate media reports. "Unfortunately, a few Members of Congress continue to cite inaccurate media reports that include groundless allegations," Huawei...said in an emailed statement...In a letter to the U.S. Department of State, six U.S. lawmakers have called for a government investigation into whether Huawei and other telecommunications companies violated an Iran sanctions law...by supplying sensitive technology to Iran. The letter...largely cited a Wall Street Journal report in October that the Iranian government used technology from Huawei and other companies to "restrict the speech of the Iranian people and the free flow of unbiased information in Iran"...Huawei also said on Wednesday that it had responded to similar allegations in November, saying that its work in Iran was for commercial and civilian use and that it did not have technology that could be used for news censorship.

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