UK minister: Huawei leaks ‘unacceptable’, criminal investigation possible

British Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright. [EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER]

British culture minister Jeremy Wright said on Thursday (25 April) he could not rule out a criminal investigation over the “unacceptable” disclosure of confidential discussions on the role of China’s Huawei Technologies in 5G network supply chains.

Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is under intense scrutiny after the United States told allies not to use its technology because of fears it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying. Huawei has categorically denied this.

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