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CR19-010: The United States vs. Huawei, (Wed, Jan 30th)

As I scrolled through my Twitter feed this evening, I came across a recommendation from @rob_schmitz, NPR’s Shanghai correspondent, who recommended “not to just read stories/press releases about Huawei’s tech theft, but to read, in full, the DOJ indictment. The evidence is abundant and clear that Huawei rewarded employees for stealing technology and has been covering it up for years.” So in case you thought all the furor over Huawei’s behavior was hype or exagerated, let me compel you to read the indictment per Rob’s recommendation. This particular fiasco hits really close to home for me, as the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is across the lake in Seattle, and T-Mobile, employer to friends and colleagues, is right in Bellevue, literally the next town over from where I both work and live. Here’s the abstract of the ten counts filed: between June 2012 and September 2014, Huawei, and others unknown, consprired to steal trade secrets (Count 1), attempted to steal trade secrets (Count 2), committed seven counts of wire fraud (Counts 3-9), and  obstructed justice (Count 10), in a campaign against T-Mobile. The indictment reads like a novel, and covers Huawei’s not-so-covert efforts to steal Tappy, T-Mobile’s robotic phone testing system in order to expedite the development of their own related product. 

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