By Joseph Marks
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.
The Trump administration’s pressure campaign on allies to break ties with Huawei is taking a very Trumpian turn with bombastic and neck-wrenching tweets replacing private diplomatic warnings.
Trump’s Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell tweeted out of the blue on Sunday that President Trump had called him from Air Force One “and instructed me to make clear that any nation who chooses to use an untrustworthy 5G vendor will jeopardize our ability to share Intelligence and information at the highest level.”
That marked a major reversal from just two days earlier when
The tweet came as Germany, France and Canada all appear likely to follow the United Kingdom in allowing Huawei to build portions of their 5G networks. And, in typical Trump fashion, it threw allies who are mulling multibillion-dollar 5G decisions into a new phase of uncertainty, wondering whether the pronouncement represented an actual shift in policy or just presidential bluster.
If the United States did halt sharing intelligence with key allies — especially among the Five Eyes alliance including the United Kingdom and Canada — it would be a momentous move with dramatic national security consequences.
China punched back on Twitter, where Foreign Ministry representative Hua Chunying argued the United States could be just as great a threat to Germans' privacy as Huawei. She referred to a story leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden that U.S.
The social media sniping comes as time is running out for the United States to convince allies to bar Huawei from their networks entirely. Only a handful of nations
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed Huawei at the Munich Security Conference, saying there was
“It is about putting the state police in the pocket of every consumer in these countries,” she said.
That drew swift
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also described Huawei and other Chinese tech firms as “Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence," and Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned “reliance on Chinese 5G vendors
But Europeans are starting to push back. Former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves challenged Esper during the conference, asking whether the United States would put its money where its mouth is by subsidizing Huawei’s 5G competitors Nokia and Ericsson. Those European companies’ 5G services are much more expensive than those from Huawei, which is helped by Chinese state subsidies.
“Many of us in Europe agree that there are significant dangers with Huawei, and the U.S.
German lawmaker Alexander Lambsdorff also complained on Twitter the United States is spending more time complaining about Huawei than suggesting viable alternatives.
The verbal assaults come as U.S.
They’re also mulling expanding restrictions on U.S.
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Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price speaks to members of the media on Feb. 10 in Des Moines.
Among the problems: A contracting request for technology products didn't go out until May 2019 — less than a year before the caucuses. Plans for a virtual caucus using secure teleconference
And once Democrats settled on buying a vote-tallying app from Shadow Inc., launched by veterans of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, it was never clear whose responsibility it was to vet security for it. The DNC initially took a greater role in vetting the app and paid for a security audit of the
Those problems were amplified by Insufficient resources to test how the app would work on caucus night, Isaac found. While Nevada conducted a dry run of two similar apps, nothing similar took place in Iowa. Even a week after the caucuses, recently departed Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price was unable to answer how many precinct chairs had downloaded the app or when training had begun, Isaac reports.
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The story follows Greg’s blockbuster report last week with the German public broadcaster ZDF that the Swiss company Crypto AG — which governments around the world relied on for decades to keep their communications confidential — was secretly owned by the CIA, which was capable of spying on many of those conversations.
Those dilemmas also spread far beyond South America. “The list of countries targeted in the Crypto operation suggests that U.S.
An Israeli soldier stands guard.
The Hamas operatives targeted soldiers on
Soldiers alerted Israeli army officials to the suspicious messages and the army linked the malware to Hamas servers. There was no immediate comment from Hamas to the AP.
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The official vote count will be tallied with paper ballots printed by a machine, but the ElectionGuard system will provide an encrypted, verifiable digital tally as well.