Chinese Cell Tower Equipment Spying on US Nuclear Operations

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( – Chinese-made equipment installed on cell phone towers across the United States is spying on American nuclear weapon operations. According to the findings of a long-running FBI investigation, it could even stop a U.S. nuclear missile launch.

The investigation has shown that thanks to the equipment made by Chinese producer Huawei, the Chinese government could “capture and even disrupt” the communications of the U.S. military, including the U.S. Strategic Command, which is in charge of America’s nuclear weapons.

The FBI investigation into the potential Chinese plot to infiltrate American military communications through commercial telecom equipment has been revealed by CNN, which quotes 12 current and former U.S. intelligence officials on the matter.

The FBI agents examined the equipment sold by Huawei only to find out that “it could recognize and disrupt DOD-spectrum communications” despite having been certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

John Lenkart, a former senior agent of the FBI, revealed that the agency started to look into the business activities of Huawei in the U.S. only to find out that they “made no sense” financially.

The investigation began in 2017 but was kept from some senior White House officials until 2019. Primarily because of it, in the fall of 2019, the FCC introduced a rule to ban small telecom companies from using equipment made by Huawei, ZTE, and other Chinese producers.

In 2020, the U.S. Congress approved $1.9 billion in federal funding for removing Huawei and ZTE cellular tech from much of rural America.

However, the funding has proven insufficient, and two years later, none of the likely spying equipment of the government of Communist China has been removed.

The FCC itself has received applications from telecoms for the removal of 24,000 pieces of Chinese communications equipment. Still, more than $3 billion is needed to reimburse them for such actions. This makes it unlikely that any large-scale campaign to remove the likely spying devices would be undertaken without more federal funding from Congress.

In 2021, the U.S. Commerce Department started its investigation into Huawei to determine whether urgent action has to be undertaken to entirely remove the devices of the Chinese company from American telecom networks.

The probe is said to have been progressing slowly. Depending on the conclusions of the Commerce Department, telecom carriers across the U.S. may be forced to dismantle any Huawei equipment quickly for fear of fines or other penalties.