back to article FCC: Remember that confidential paperwork you gave us, China Telecom? Yeah, well, we're handing it over to the Feds

America's comms watchdog will hand over confidential documents on China Telecom to US government officials probing the state-owned communications giant and its operations in the Land of the Free. Since at least as far back as 2002, China Telecom's American subsidiary has been authorized by Uncle Sam to provide international …

  1. Fazal Majid

    Er, the FCC *are* Feds

    The F stands for Federal

  2. Neoc

    "...the FCC has warned the Chinese giant, in a written notice [PDF] this week, that it will give that supposedly private information to Uncle Sam's prosecutors."

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that the sort of thing is accusing the various chinese telecom/manufacturers of potentially doing? A confidential piece of information given to one agency (or company) being demanded by the government. Chinese or US, I see the same over-bearing pattern.

    1. ExampleOne

      They are judging everyone else by their own low standards.

      This has been fairly clear from the start with the stream of innuendo a d the complete lack of any evidence other than "they might..."

    2. Stale Corpse

      Why would any government do any different? A foreign entity is under investigation and the relevant branches share the information they get.

      It would be foolish to think otherwise.

  3. julian.smith

    The swamp is not the high ground

    The (Disunited, covid-ridden) States of America reveals it's exceptionalism

    Trumpistan would never demand secret access to communications .... (cough) Cisco .. it's not a bug, it's a feature

    Good luck in November

    We're not laughing with you .... we're laughing at you.

    1. stiine Silver badge

      Re: The swamp is not the high ground

      Was Trump president when the Cisco hardware was intercepted?

      1. julian.smith
        Black Helicopters

        Re: The swamp is not the high ground

        No, fortunately

        But backdoors and covering them up is an area where the (Disunited) States is still Great

  4. EnviableOne Silver badge


    I Suppose the cheeto in chief and his cronies are too dumb to know that as china are part of the international telephone network, they can exploit the protocol to re-route calls in the US even if they arent operating there.

    1. Neoc

      Re: SS7

      They'd never do that. And the number of times internet traffic was accidentally re-routed through China was not test-runs in any way.

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