Employees of Chinese telecoms equipment company Huawei have “personally helped African governments spy on their political opponents,” according to a report in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, based on documents as well as unnamed sources working directly with Huawei.
The spying included intercepting encrypted communications and social media, along with using data to track the whereabouts of officials’ political rivals.
The news raises new questions about Huawei, which has been under near-constant attack by Trump administration officials who accuse the company of being an arm of the Chinese government. Many of the telecom giant’s products are banned from the U.S. market.
This hasn’t stopped Huawei from ramping up business in other parts of the globe, however, where the firm is a leader in mobile communication infrastructure, including next generation, 5G equipment.