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Untangling the disturbing implications of the Huawei leak

The leak is concerning but a mere foretaste of problems to come, says the UK’s former national security adviser

By Peter Ricketts  

Photo: Jaap Arriens/SIPA USA/PA Images

The leak from the National Security Council on whether Huawei products should be used in the UK’s 5G network produced an odd spectacle: politicians and commentators rushing to stake out strong positions on the arcane details of next generation telecoms infrastructure. In the process, three issues got tangled up, and it is worth looking at them separately.

The first is the risk posed by Huawei to Britain’s cyber security. Whoever leaked the NSC deliberations clearly favoured an outright ban on Huawei equipment as Britain rolls…

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