The United States has struck a deal with ZTE, ending a high-stakes dispute with China. What is ZTE, and why do American officials believe it poses a national security threat? What is ZTE? ZTE is a Chinese telecommunications manufacturer, founded in 1985, that makes inexpensive Android smartphones. ZTE says it has partnerships with 150 wireless companies in more than 60 countries. It is the fourth-largest seller of mobile phones in the United States and the second-largest seller of prepaid phones. The company uses parts from many US companies, including chips from Qualcomm (QCOM) and glass from Corning (GLW). Its US headquarters is in Richardson, Texas, and it has about 75,000 employees around the world. The company is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. Why does the US government say ZTE poses a national security threat? In March 2017, ZTE agreed to pay a record fine of $1.2 billion to the United States for violating sanctions on Iran and North … [Read more...] about What is ZTE, and why does the US think it’s a national security threat?
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Those who hanker for a transparent world where everybody knows each other's business are now on a roll.Having browbeaten the House of Commons into enacting a statute seeking to impose public ultimate beneficial ownership (UBO) registers on the UK's overseas territories, such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI), there are moves afoot to legally fortify this legislative decision by declaring it under the heading of national security.The recent release of Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee report Moscow's Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK is a case in point. The document opens with reference to the March 2018 nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury.Russia continues to exert influence over the world stage. She does so in many ways, including clandestine cyber-attacks and not-so-clandestine military interventions in Crimea, Syria and elsewhere. Those who rule the Russian state have grown rich via an ongoing process of kleptocracy, … [Read more...] about UK’s targeting of Russian oligarchs as a national security threat is a sham
Updated 6:08 am, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Farzad Salehi consoles his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP) less Farzad Salehi consoles his wife, Mehrsa Marjani, who was at a nearby cafe and witnessed the aftermath when a van plowed down a crowded sidewalk, killing multiple people and injuring others, Monday, April 23, ... more Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim, AP The Latest: No national security threat seen in van case 1 / 1 Back to Gallery TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on the incident in which a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk, killing … [Read more...] about The Latest: No national security threat seen in van case
caption House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speak with the media about the ongoing Russia investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. March 15, 2017. source REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein The House Intelligence Committee has devolved into an unprecedented level of partisan bickering, and intelligence veterans are sounding the alarm. National-security experts say the politicization of the committee’s work has severely damaged trust between the panel and the intelligence community, and eroded the American public’s confidence in the institutions themselves. “You have people asking, ‘Does what I do make a difference anymore, if what you do is disregard it?'” said one former senior intelligence official. Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here. There’s a wall … [Read more...] about The House Intelligence Committee’s partisan war hints at a looming national security threat
The shocking thing about the resignation of Rob Porter—the top White House aide who quit after revelations that he had beaten his ex-wives and was operating under an improper security clearance—is that it happened at all. Porter’s February 7 departure has not only reignited concern over the proliferation of abusers in the White House, but inaugurated a long overdue inquiry about how security clearances are granted. It is good that this inquiry is finally happening. But, in light of the revelation that more than 30 current staffers have been handling classified information without proper clearances, one wonders whether the damage can be undone. The new repercussions do not outweigh the deeper corruption that made Porter’s tenure possible. According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, the FBI completed an investigation into Porter’s background in July, but the White House apparently remained unmoved by what was found. Not only was he hired, he was … [Read more...] about Why Former Trump Staffers May Be Walking Security Threats