Huawei Official Tell U.S. Congress Leader to ‘Stow It’

A Huawei Technologies Co. spokesman said today that the chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee should “stow it” because he can’t prove the Chinese company’s products pose security risks.

The committee effectively blacklisted devices made by Huawei and ZTE Corp., both based in Shenzhen, after warning in an October 2012 report that the companies’ U.S. expansion might allow China to disrupt power grids or financial networks.

William Plummer, Huawei’s vice president for external affairs in the U.S., accused the committee and its chairman, Representative Mike Rogers, of misinterpreting Chinese law in the report. The country’s regulations might force Huawei and ZTE to cooperate with any request to use their systems for malicious purposes, according to the document.

Rogers, a Michigan Republican, should release any proof he has of inappropriate activity by Huawei, Plummer said in an e-mail. “Since he can’t -- because he has squat -- he should stow it.”

Susan Phalen, a spokeswoman for the House committee, declined to comment on Plummer’s statements.

Huawei had advised the committee beforehand that the interpretation of the law was inaccurate, Plummer said.

Huawei’s products are no more likely to present cybersecurity risks than any other telecommunications equipment, given the global supply chain involved in making such goods, he said.

His comments followed several Bloomberg News stories, including one today, highlighting the committee’s findings.

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