Report: CIA shared intelligence with US allies showing Huawei received funding from Chinese security and intelligence agencies and the People's Liberation Army (Zak Doffman/Forbes)

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In the battle between Washington and Huawei, there has long been the taunt from Shenzhen that U.S. officials have failed to produce any evidence of actual collusion between the telecom equipment giant and the Chinese state. Has that now changed?

On Saturday, the Times reported that such evidence exists, it has just not been openly published. According to the newspaper’s U.K. source, Huawei “has received funding from branches of Beijing’s state security apparatus… American intelligence shown to Britain says that Huawei has taken money from the People’s Liberation Army, China’s National Security Commission and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network.”

Earlier this month, Joy Tan, Huawei’s chief global communicator, told me that “the assumption that the Chinese government can potentially interfere in Huawei’s business operation is completely not true. Huawei is a private company. The Chinese government does not have any ownership or any interference in our business operations.”

The CIA has now directly refuted this. If true, the equipment maker taking funding from the Chinese military and state security machine would explode every defense offered through this long-running campaign to protest their innocence.

The first substantive allegations?

It has always been clear that Washington expected a different level of