U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday that the U.S. will not partner with or share information with countries using systems made by Chinese telecom powerhouse Huawei.
In an interview with Fox Business Network, Pompeo expanded:
“If a country adopts this and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won’t be able to share information with them, we won’t be able to work alongside them.”
Pompeo also added that “we’re not going to put American information at risk.”
Reports also had Pompeo on record saying that the U.S. has been making efforts to have other countries “understand the risk of putting this Huawei technology into their IT systems.”
Pompeo capped this off saying that other countries will ultimately “make good decisions when they understand that risk.”
Huawei and other Chinese tech companies such as TikTok have faced increasing scrutiny for their data practices. The Trump administration, which banned the U.S. government’s use of Huawei products, has accused the tech company of working for the Chinese government and its ability to spy on U.S. citizens.
Trump’s accusations are not off base.
The current Chinese government under Xi Jinping has created an elaborate private-public partnership with its tech sector to carry out a massive censorship campaign. E-commerce giant Alibaba has already helped launch an app that boosts Xi Jinping’s cult of personality. With Huawei and TikTok expanding globally, the potential for censorship abuse and harmful data practices will only magnify.
The good news is that the Trump administration acknowledges the cybersecurity threat that China poses.
Instead of wasting time with Third World backwaters like Venezuela, it would behoove the Trump administration to start focusing on shoring up the U.S.’s cybersecurity defenses.
As China grows stronger, its cybersecurity delinquency will only increase.
The U.S. cannot afford to lag behind in the cybersecurity department any longer.
BREAKING: Roger Stone is a Free Man, President Trump Commutes Sentence
The story is developing.
On July 10, 2020, commentator John Cardillo reported that conservative operative Roger Stone received a commutation of his prison sentence from President Donald Trump.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 10, 2020
Over the past few days, President Trump has considered commuting Roger Stone’s sentence a few days prior to his report to prison.
Stone is expected to report to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia by July 14 where he will serve out a three year and four month prison sentence for allegedly lying under oath to U.S. elected officials during the politically contrived Russian interference investigation.
Trump has had a relationship with the Republican political operative for decades.
For some time, Trump has discussed the potential of commuting Stone’s sentence.
When asked by reporters earlier on July 10 about reports of his plan to pardon Stone, Trump remarked, “I’ll be looking at it. I think Roger Stone was very unfairly treated, as were many people.”
Reuters reported that back in November 2019, a “Washington jury convicted Stone on all seven criminal counts of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness.”
The same report added that “Stone was convicted for lying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks, the website that released damaging emails about Trump’s 2016 Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were stolen by Russian hackers.”
Stone’s commutation, while not a full-blown pardon that erases his conviction, is a solid victory for the Rule of Law.
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