China wants an explanation from the United States regarding the latest string of leaks coming from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, which claims that the US intelligence agency spied on Chinese telco Huawei.
“China has already lodged many complaints with the United States about reports of its espionage activities,” said the country’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei, followed by a demand that Washington stop all surveillance activities and provide an explanation.
The NSA has declined to comment on the story earlier, on grounds that the agency’s protocol prohibits the disclosure of intelligence-related information.
China’s demand comes after the most recent leak from Snowden, which was reported by the New York Times, said that the NSA spied on Huawei in 2007 under the program called “Shotgiant.”
In the slide presentation that the publication presented, the NSA’s surveillance aimed to figure out the goals of the People’s Republic of China and make sure that the agency can exploit gadgets from the telecommunications giant.
German magazine Der Spiegel reported that the US planned to launch cyber-attacks against China through its infiltration of Huawei networks.