Claim that Huawei targeted British “useful idiots” to get support for 5G

Chinese technology giant Huawei has been accused of trying to manipulate high-profile Britons to back the company’s role in UK’s 5G infrastructure.

According to a privately-funded dossier commissioned by a US film producer Andrew Duncan and compiled with the help of ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele politicians and academics, were targeted by Huawei to act as “useful idiots” for Beijing.

The report, entitled “China’s Elite Capture”, accuses the Chinese firm of setting up fake radio stations abroad and inviting prominent personalities on to panel discussions with an aim to encourage them to support Huawei.

The British elites targeted by Huawei included former Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston; Lord Clement-Jones, a Liberal Democrat peer; Sir Kenneth Olisa and the Lord Lieutenant of London, the report claims.

It alleges that Beijing’s main objectives in the UK include establishing a Chinese presence in critical national infrastructure like telecommunications and nuclear power.

However since the story appeared in the Daily Mail, everyone identified in the story has denied it as a bizarre conspiracy theory.

A spokesman for the Huawei also dismissed the allegations, stating that they were “unfounded” and with “no basis in fact”.

The spokesman said that the allegations were part of a “long-running US campaign” against the company.

Christopher Steele, 56, who has contributed to the Huawei report, left MI6 in 2009 before setting up private firm Orbis Business Intelligence with Christopher Burrows, another former MI6 officer.

Steele made global headlines in 2017 when he compiled a dossier on then US President-elect Donald Trump, alleging links between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and claiming the existence of a compromising sex tape in Russia’s possession.