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Pompeo threatens UK with intel sharing cut-off if they buy Huawei 5G

Via RT…


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned the UK that allowing Huawei to bid on 5G contracts could spell the end of the US-UK “special relationship” – and, apparently, the UK’s membership in the Five Eyes.

“With respect to 5G, the United States has an obligation to ensure that the places we will operate, the places where American information is, the places where we have our national security risks, that they operate inside trusted networks,” Pompeo said in a speech to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Wednesday.

While “each country has a sovereign right to make its own decision about how to deal with the challenge,” of whether to invite Chinese firms like Huawei and ZTE to bid on infrastructure contracts, the UK certainly wouldn’t want to make the wrong decision, Pompeo hinted, adding, “I have great confidence that the UK will never take an action that will break this special relationship.”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt rushed to reassure the American. “We would never take a decision that compromised our ability to share intelligence with our Five Eyes colleagues, or particularly with the US,” Hunt pleaded. “We are absolutely clear that the security relationship that we have with the US is what has underpinned the international order since 1945… the preservation of that is our #1 foreign policy priority.” The Five Eyes is a highly secretive global intelligence network formed in the aftermath of World War II to share intelligence between Anglophone allies the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Pompeo invoked late former PM Margaret Thatcher at a speech later that day commemorating the 40th anniversary of her election, seemingly trying to shame PM Theresa May into committing to a stronger stance against Chinese tech after rumors emerged last week that the UK was considering awarding Huawei contracts for some non-core work on its 5G network.

“Would the Iron Lady be silent when China violates the sovereignty of nations through corruption and coercion? Would she allow China to control the internet of the future?” Pompeo asked, painting a fearsome picture of what could happen if the UK went “wobbly” on China.

“Insufficient security will impede the United States’ ability to share certain information within trusted networks. This is exactly what China wants – to divide Western alliances with bits and bytes, not bullets and bombs,” Pompeo said.

In case the Brits missed his point, Pompeo reprised his threats in an interview with Sky News, where he was “crystal clear” about Huawei and ZTE. “We don’t believe you can have those technologies in your systems and still have a trusted network,” he said, emphasizing the “real risk if countries choose that path that we won’t be able to participate in those networks because of the risk.”

The threats are more of the same from the US diplomat, who declared last month that the US categorically would not “partner” with countries that embrace Huawei’s 5G tech, a position that has created significant friction with other EU countries, particularly Germany.

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Get lost Yanks. I am a Brit and I am sick and tired of your air head bullying, coups, wars.

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I am a Brit too and I second that a thousand times. I am really sick of the U$ interfering in our country (and in everyone else’s). This johnny-come-lately (only 243 years old) thinks it has the inalienable right to tell the world what to do and it’s about time we all got together and sent it packing back to its own patch. In some ways I feel as sorry for it as I do when meeting an obnoxious adolescent who has been dragged up by the anything-goes style of parent without any of the normal guidance one should give… Read more »

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That is far more eloquent than I can put it, so thanks. I have been over to the US numerous times, New Orleans, New York, New Jersey and Texas; Texas being the most numerous; I shall give credit to the hotels (hotel staff may seem good for the Yankers but they drive me mad) and the food (such large platefuls and then they wonder why they are huge)…I have seen the sites, the US flags on every bloody house and blah blah; but I always have a feeling that everything there is fake. It sounds ludicrous I know; but I… Read more »

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I lived in the U$ for 14 months and I’ve travelled in 27 states. The only city I liked was the Boston/Cambridge combo, but hiking and camping in natural areas away from people and all the urban and suburban crap was good. I know exactly what you mean by fake. I also had that feeling and everything had a very temporary, superficial, trashy feel. The so-called friendliness I found very false. Generally, I didn’t like it. I have lived about an hour’s drive north of its border with Canada for the past 35 years and I haven’t crossed into the… Read more »

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Oh the walking, I had forgotten about that…hahaha. 1. We stayed near the English pub, the Richmond’s arms (?), everybody decided to go to the intersection of the road (2 Km max) above to play pool + good food and beer +, everyone else jumped in a car, airco on and drove up… we walked, the HUGE 10 minute walk and got there as they were getting out of their car….words failed me then and fail me now; glad you brought it up though, it still makes me laugh. I had no problem with cops as I never saw them,… Read more »

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Aren’t the Americans great folks??? Great at threatening, blackmailing, extorting…

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…and at killing, maiming, torturing, lying, destroying lives, ruining entire countries, wrecking the environment, ignoring international law, backing out of international treaties, imposing sanctions for the purpose of ruining countries’ economies, stealing other countries natural resources, instigating coups against democratically-elected governments, sponsoring terrorism, funding and arming terrorist groups, stifling freedom of expression, jailing people for telling the truth…. and so on and on. Yes, what a great place U$america is, I don’t think!

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