Reports Huawei allowed into United Kingdom 5G networks draw criticism

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According to The Wall Street Journal, United States Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell told the German government in a letter that allowing Chinese vendor equipment across 5G networks would reduce USA cooperation with intelligence agencies in Germany.

Shadow Minister for Cabinet Office Jo Platt said: "If a minister did leak this information they are not fit to serve in the cabinet and they are certainly not fit to be prime minister".

The National Security Council (NSC) is made up of senior cabinet ministers and its weekly meetings are chaired by the prime minister, with other ministers, officials and senior figures from the armed forces and intelligence agencies invited when needed.

Despite this, the British green light will doubtless be greeted with a sigh of relief at Huawei - and appears to foreshadow next month's report from UK.gov's telecoms infrastructure supply review, which Huawei recently told us it was concerned about.

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Downing Street also left the door open to an inquiry into the leak.

Mr Javid, visiting a police training college in Kent, said it was "completely unacceptable" for any minister to release sensitive information and that it should "absolutely be looked at".

The home, defence and foreign secretaries were reported to have raised concerns during the discussions.

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Today the FT reports that "Theresa May and her senior ministers have approved the participation of Huawei in some non-core parts of Britain's 5G data network".

Concerns over security are balanced by warnings that not using Huawei kit - which is said to risk putting the progress of 5G back by up to two years - potentially put those who opt for a ban on the back foot for years to come. "It's extremely important to find out who did this". The leaker could also have broken the Official Secrets Act, meaning there is a possibility of criminal charges.

Xiang Ligang, director-general of the Information Consumption Alliance, said the United Kingdom is in a better position than many countries to judge whether Huawei poses security risks, since it has a monitoring body that has been checking the company's products for years. "It has got to be stopped". Tory MP Sir Nicholas Soames called for a criminal inquiry, according to the BBC, adding the leak will "cause our friends and allies to wonder if we can be considered reliable".

"On the overall matter of security and our telecoms network, we are very clear that we give that high priority".

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European nations are treading a fine line in the dispute between the world's two most powerful countries, under pressure from the USA to take a hard line on Huawei but also anxious not to sour trading and diplomatic relations with China.

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