The US accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets and assistance to Iran

the US Government has accused Chinese company Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran in spying on protesters, according to Reuters.

Huawei Technologies Co accused of conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets from six technology companies in the U.S. and violations of the Rico statutes used to combat organized crime. New charges of stealing trade secrets relate to the source code Internet router, technology, cellular antennas and robotics.

the indictment also contains new allegations about Huawei business with countries against which sanctions. In particular, it States that Huawei was established in Iran, the hardware used for surveillance, identification and arrest of protesters during anti-government demonstrations in Tehran in 2009.

in addition, the indictment States that Huawei has provided banks with false information that she did not have operations in North Korea.

the Indictment is “part of an attempt to cause irreparable damage to the reputation of Huawei and its business for reasons connected with competition and not with the legal practice”, reads the statement of the Chinese company.

Huawei is the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment. The United States suspect that the Chinese government can use the company for covert espionage. However, Beijing and Huawei denied the allegations.

In may last year, the Ministry of Commerce decided to make Huawei and its related legal persons in the “black list”, limiting their ability to purchase services and components from American companies.