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Huawei threatens legal action against UK newspaper over false reporting on spying allegations

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine who was reportedly spied on by the government with the help of Huawei. (PHOTO/File)

Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has threatened to drag to court the Wall Street Journal, a UK newspaper, over what it calls false reporting on spying allegations.

The Wall Street Journal on August 14 ran an article which indicated that the Chinese telecom giant has been helping African governments spy on opposition politicians.

And in a letter issued by the company lawyer, Mr Steve Friedman of the Squire Patton Boggs (US) law firm, Huawei says the false statements in a Wall Street Journal report published on August 14st damages Huawei’s reputation and business interests across the globe due to inadequate investigation to test the allegations.

In the Legal letter Huawei states the report that describes Huawei’s alleged involvement with government cybersecurity forces in Uganda and Zambia is neither a fair nor a responsible representation of Huawei’s legitimate business activities in these countries.

“Huawei is especially disappointed in the Article and video and radio podcast in light of the information Huawei provided to you during your research for this Article, including its email communications from June 19,” the letter states.

According to the letter, those email communications included specific information that a number of the statements in the Article about Huawei’s alleged involvement with government cybersecurity forces were demonstrably false.

“Based on Huawei’s June 19 email and other information it provided to you, it is
reasonable to conclude that you knew that these sources were not reliable. As a result, and at a minimum, the Journal published these false statements in reckless disregard of their veracity, “says the letter.

The Wall Street Journal is yet to respond to Huawei’s letter.

the report that has already been dismissed by the Uganda government and the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, the Wall Street Journal claims employees of the Chinese Telecommunications giant helped police hack into singer turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s phone.

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