Evaluation of Huawei 5G technology

Mohammed Khan made this Official Information request to Government Communications Security Bureau

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From: Mohammed Khan

Dear Government Communications Security Bureau,

Over the weekend, it was revealed in the Times of London that your counterparts in the United Kingdom, following a security review of Huawei's 5G infrastructure technology, concluded that there was no barrier to working with the company to build a cost-effective, high quality 5G network in their nation. Indeed, despite the best efforts of Donald Trump and his NSC anti-Asian director Matthew Pottinger to browbeat them into using inferior solutions through day long racist rants, they continued to work with Huawei until May 2020, when Trump's illegal sanctions meant chip sourcing requirements could no longer be met.

It is well known that you bowed to foreign pressure from the Americans to block the purchase of 5g technology from Chinese people far sooner, as early as November 2018.

1) Was the GCHQ's review of Huawei's technology, which proved to the GCHQ that it was safe for Britain to implement Huawei technology, provided to GCSB?
2) Did GCSB conduct any real review or assessment of Huawei's technology, as the GCHQ did, or simply rely on the word of your American bosses? If a review or assessment was conducted, or a report prepared, how many full time equivalents were assigned to this, and for how long?
3) At what dates and by what means did Matthew Pottinger contact GCSB and GCSB personnel between January 2017, and January 2021?
4) Please provide all communications between GCSB and Spark regarding your decision to reject their use of the proven-safe Huawei 5g technology in 2018.

Mohammed Khan

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Attachment 20220824 GCSB response.pdf
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Attachment Withdrawal of TICSA notification email.pdf
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Attachment Letter to Spark New Zealand Ltd.pdf
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Kia ora Mohammed

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