Huawei and Defense Department officials spar at cybersecurity panel
Also on stage Wednesday were tech policy experts Bruce Schneier of the Harvard Kennedy School and Kathryn Waldron of the R Street Institute think tank.
Waldron said the US government’s decision to ban Huawei tech has cemented the idea that Chinese tech companies are closely tied to the Chinese government and that that association can’t be undone at this point.
The US has its own history of putting vulnerable communications devices out into the world. A recent report from the Washington Post detailed how the CIA secretly ran a cryptography company, selling machines with backdoors to governments around the world under the auspices of Crypto AG.
“All countries are engaged in spying,” Waldron said. “I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone.”