Chinese telecom firm ZTE probed for alleged sale of U.S. surveillance equipment to Iran
Posted in: Miscellaneous at 14/07/2012 16:08
Federal investigators are probing a major Chinese telecom firm and its U.S. subsidiary for allegedly selling banned U.S. surveillance equipment to Iran, according to a newly disclosed document.
The investigations into ZTE and its Texas subsidiary, ZTE U.S.A., by the FBI and Commerce Department reflect two major U.S. policy concerns -- blunting Iran's appetite for advanced technology that could be used in warfare and understanding the activities of Chinese companies in the United States.
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FBI 'probes' ZTE trade deals with Iran
The FBI is investigating Chinese telecoms equipment-maker ZTE over allegations it sold banned US computer gear to Iran, according to a report.
An investigation by Reuters in March alleged that ZTE had provided products made by the likes of Microsoft and HP.
In documents obtained by the Smoking Gun website, a ZTE lawyer said company officials also discussed shredding material relating to the alleged deals.