Reuters Ties Huawei's CFO to Plan to Firm Who Tried to Smuggle HP Servers to Iran
January 31, 2013 7:22 PM
comment(s) - last by
Apparently Huawei's efforts to blame mess on contractor were indeed misleading at best
showed documents indicating that top Chinese telecommunications equipment and smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Comp. (
) had planned to smuggle Hewlett-Packard Comp. (
) to Iran, seemingly in direct violation of U.S. law. The report was a thorny one of Huawei, who had
just been grilled by Congress
over similar contraband and security concerns.
"Aha, but not so fast!" said Huawei,
claiming the plan was the work of a partner
, an Iranian telecommunications firm called Skycom, who maintained offices in Iran and Hong Kong. The claim seemed a bit far-fetched given that the documents carried a Huawei stamp and many employees reportedly carried Huawei badges.
another piece of evidence bringing those claims into question. Digging into Hong Kong's Companies Registry, it found that Cathy Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was a board member on Skycom's board between February 2008 and April 2009. The plan to smuggle the electronics occurred in late 2010.
Close ties bind Huawei's controlling family and Skycom. Ms. Meng in 2007 served as the company secretary for Huawei's parent company, which also held all the shares of Skycom stock. In Nov. 2007 as Huawei eyed a broader role in the U.S. market, all the shares of Skycom were conveniently transferred to a holding company -- Canicula Holdings Ltd. -- in the Mauritius Islands.
Huawei insists its open, but hides behind its veil of privacy. [Image Source: AFP]
Yet more evidence was unearthed in the form of a 2009 press release, in which Skycom CEO Zhang Hongkai signs the joint release with a state-run Iranian news agency as "Mr. Zhang Hongkai, CEO from Huawei Iran Office."
Past financial profiling reports have labeled Skycom a "Huawei subsidiary".
Given that both Skycom and Huawei are private, it's harder to track their activities as they file less public documents. Huawei insists that it’s reducing its trade with Iran. In an interview with journalists in Beijing this week Cathy Meng comments, "We will honor our commitment to transparency and openness."
The statement seems somewhat ironic given the fact that the body of evidence seems to suggest a deeply different story regarding the Iran incident to what Huawei claims. As a private company Huawei has
every right to keep its finances private
-- but it certainly doesn't help when there's a body of incriminating evidence and Huawei is keeping documents that could vindicate it under lock and key.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: For the sake of national security...
2/1/2013 7:30:10 PM
No, how about you stop being wrong on the internet and at least try to read the entire article before writing down such nonsense.
If you were to do that you would know that the family moved Skycom control to a holding company based in Mauritius so that it would appear they have nothing to do with it.
This is transparent flimflam. The company was theirs and remains theirs, even though they have now gone to lengths to artificially distance themselves from easily detectable involvement.
No calendar needed. 2009 they are on the board, 2010 they are somewhere up the holding company chain.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
Microsoft to Pour up to $3B USD Into Dell to Help it go Private, Survive
January 22, 2013, 2:07 PM
Huawei Blames Plan to Funnel Electronics to Iran on Partner
December 31, 2012, 6:20 PM
House Panel Wants to Ban Chinese OEMs from U.S. Smartphone and Router Markets
October 8, 2012, 11:31 AM
Tech's Tax Day Fortunate Few: Qualcomm, Xerox, GE, et al. Pay Little or No Taxes
April 15, 2015, 11:30 AM
LinkNYC Terminals to Blanket New York City With Free WiFi, Free Calls, and Ads
November 17, 2014, 6:50 PM
Microsoft is Open-Sourcing Most of .NET, Adding OS X and Linux Support
November 12, 2014, 8:27 PM
Home Depot Lost 53 Million Emails, Blames Windows, Buys Execs New Macs
November 9, 2014, 5:00 PM
Former NSA Lawyer: If Google, Apple Encrypt User Data, They’ll Wither on the Vine Like Blackberry
November 6, 2014, 12:15 PM
Report: AT&T Eyeing $40B DirecTV Purchase
May 1, 2014, 8:00 AM
Most Popular Articles
Windows 10 Build 10056 -- What's New in the Latest Leak
April 13, 2015, 10:38 PM
Tech's Biggest Loser on Tax Day: eBay Pays Nearly 99 Percent Tax Rate
April 15, 2015, 3:28 PM
Mathematician's Sociological Formulation May Explain the "Hipster Paradox"
April 14, 2015, 1:13 PM
Editorial: TinEye is an Essential Search Engine That Too Few Know About
April 14, 2015, 10:58 PM
Testers Trolled by Promise of Uninstallable Windows 10 Preview Build 10061
April 16, 2015, 2:52 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information