By Cameron Stewart
September 05, 2009
A PANCAKE Parlour restaurant and a cafe in the Block Arcade in central
Melbourne are unlikely places to discuss claims of Chinese espionage.
But these were among the venues chosen for meetings between ASIO
officers and employees of the Australian arm of the Chinese telecom
ASIO officers have travelled to Melbourne and Sydney this year to meet
Huawei whistleblowers, after the domestic spy agency received
information alleging that some Huawei technicians and executives had
direct links with the Chinese People's Liberation Army and to the
The allegations made by current and former Huawei employees to ASIO were
that the Chinese telecommunications company, which has operations across
the globe, was not the purely commercial enterprise it claimed to be.
Rather than being a privately owned company that exists only to make
profits on the sales of telecom equipment, Huawei's operations in
Australia were controlled by the Chinese government, the employees
claimed, and several other employees had close links with the PLA.
These employees told ASIO they believed the hi-tech Huawei was involved
in cyber espionage against Australian interests, but when grilled by
ASIO, were unable to produce firm evidence of espionage activities.
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