Who is the man behind Huawei and why is the U.S. intelligence community so afraid of his company? | Los Angeles Times

Washington would have you believe Huawei’s official history is a sham — that Huawei is effectively a creation of the Chinese government and that its success is based on Ren Zhengfei’s close ties to intelligence units within the People’s Liberation Army.

Huawei’s leadership unequivocally rejects the suggestion.

While Huawei’s origins and its independence are in dispute, its accomplishments and ambitions are not.

Huawei has taken an early lead in developing the next generation of wireless technology, 5G, with its promise of quantum leaps in connectivity.

Should Huawei maintain and extend that lead while also advancing on other fronts, it and, by extension, China could be first to produce a new generation of sensitive military systems, smart grids, autonomous transportation vehicles and other crucial products and processes.

Source: Who is the man behind Huawei and why is the U.S. intelligence community so afraid of his company? – Los Angeles Times

‘Space Force’ Windfall Unclear for Eager Defense Companies | Defense One


As the Pentagon reorganizes its oversight of space and figures out the right mix of its future satellites, a similar transformation is going on with companies who build the spacecraft, rockets, and technology the Defense Department seeks.

Traditional large defense firms and small commercial startups are  watching closely to see whether Congress will approve the Trump administration plan to create a Space Force, a new sixth branch of the military, and how the new Space Development Agency plans to create a web of hundreds of new military satellites in low-earth orbit.

Source: ‘Space Force’ Windfall Unclear for Eager Defense Companies – Defense One

Julian Assange Charged by U.S. With Conspiracy to Hack a Government Computer | The New York Times


The United States has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of conspiring to hack a computer as part of the 2010 release of reams of secret American documents, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday, putting him just one flight away from being in American custody after years of seclusion in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

The single charge, conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, was filed a year earlier, in March 2018, and stems from what prosecutors said was his agreement to break a password to a classified United States government computer. It carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and is significant in that it is not an espionage charge, a detail that will come as a relief to press freedom advocates.

The United States government had considered until at least last year charging him with an espionage-related offense.

Source: Julian Assange Charged by U.S. With Conspiracy to Hack a Government Computer – The New York Times

Julian Assange: US justice department says he faces five years in jail – live updates | The Guardian


Here’s a bit more of the statement by Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, outside court today.

“Since 2010 we’ve warned that Julian Assange would face prosecution and extradition to the United States for his publishing activities with Wikileaks. Unfortunately today we’ve been proven right …

Source: Julian Assange: US justice department says he faces five years in jail – live updates | Media | The Guardian

Lyft’s stock slide casts long shadow on Uber’s IPO – Reuters


Uber Technologies Inc may face a cooler reception from investors than expected when it prices its initial public offering next month since smaller U.S. ride-hailing rival Lyft Inc’s aggressive stock launch and subsequent fall.

Source: Lyft’s stock slide casts long shadow on Uber’s IPO – Reuters

Big turnout for India’s giant election, where Modi has an edge | Reuters


People trekked, rode bicycles and drove tractors to polling stations in the world’s biggest democratic exercise, with nearly 900 million eligible to vote during seven phases of balloting spread over 39 days, and vote-counting set for May 23.

“This is the only time we can do something. The game is in our hands right now.”

Source: Big turnout for India’s giant election, where Modi has an edge – Reuters

EU gives May till October for Brexit, seeking clarity | Reuters


European Union leaders gave Britain six more months to leave the bloc, more than Prime Minister Theresa May says she needs but less than many in the bloc wanted, thanks to fierce resistance from France.

The summit deal in Brussels in the early hours of Thursday meant Britain will not crash out on Friday without a treaty to smooth its passage.

But it offers little clarity on when, how or even if Brexit will happen, as May struggles to build support in parliament for withdrawal terms agreed with the EU last year.

Source: EU gives May till October for Brexit, seeking clarity – Reuters

Sudan’s Bashir ousted by military and placed under arrest | Reuters


President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan in autocratic style for 30 years, was on Thursday overthrown and arrested in a coup by the armed forces.

In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, announced a two-year period of military rule to be followed by presidential elections.

Source: Sudan’s Bashir ousted by military and placed under arrest – Reuters

U.S. prepares criminal case against Wikileaks’ Assange | Reuters


U.S. prosecutors are preparing to pursue a criminal case against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, escalating a long battle targeting his anti-secrecy group even as he remains holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Prosecutors have obtained a sealed indictment against Assange, something that emerged in a Thursday filing in an unrelated criminal case in a Virginia federal court. Because the indictment was sealed, the nature of any charges against Assange has not been made public at this point.

Source: U.S. prepares criminal case against Wikileaks’ Assange – Reuters

Barr says ‘spying’ took place on Trump campaign | TheHill

Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that he is looking into efforts by the FBI to investigate members of the Trump campaign before the 2016 election, saying he believes “spying” took place and he needs to be sure it was justified.

“I think spying did occur,” Barr said during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing. “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”

Source: Barr says ‘spying’ took place on Trump campaign | TheHill