U.S. President Donald Trump recently called out Huawei, in regards to a former Obama administration cyber-security official being hired as a lobbyist, citing Fox News in a Tweet. This follows increasing pressure on the Chinese telecommunications giant, such as the arrest warrant for Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Meng Wanzhou, as well as a renewed push by Trump for 5G.
The United States is pressuring other countries to forego Huawei—but mischief is afoot.
With this renewed push, Trump is setting his sights on "the race to 5G," and is freeing up more wireless bandwidth with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by auctioning off spectrum licenses.
What is really driving this move?
While pressure on Huawei steadily increases, Trump has so far rejected potential alternatives to private deployment, such as nationalizing 5G. The reason for rejection and also pressuring Huawei is simple, if not highly scandalous: Jared Kushner sold out the technology to Israeli intelligence with his White House confidant.
Aside from the conflicts of interest this presented pertaining to the Wanzhou arrest warrant, the involvement of Kushner family friend Ira Greenstein in the White House Office of American Innovation (OAI), showcased the means by which Israeli intelligence would be given oversight of 5G in the U.S.—by maneuvering spectrum licenses IDT Corporation had sat on to companies Israeli intelligence had the best access to. The OAI is an office directed by Kushner responsible for infrastructure and technology which makes policy recommendations.
National Economic Council Director Lawrence Kudlow, a friend of Greenstein, has opposed nationalizing 5G.
Through the sale of IDT spin-off Straight Path Communications Inc. (SPCI) to Verizon Communications, put through under the Trump FCC despite lawsuits, Israeli intelligence start-ups such as Armis Security were ensured access to concentrated development—simpler with a monopoly.
IDT founder Howard Jonas, as we noted in our earliest reporting on this story, made a major acquisition of SPCI shares on the very same date, as airstrikes on Syria. Jonas made $3.1 billion dollars on the deal, which normally wouldn't have been possible due to license squatting, and aforementioned securities fraud. As with Genie Energy, Jonas' ties to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and involvement with Kushner, including Kushner Companies leasing IDT's building—points to a longterm and still ongoing quid pro quo which also includes the Golan Heights and ensuring Israeli settlements.
Internet of Things (IoT), is the avenue through which Armis could give Israeli intelligence the ability to monitor U.S. telecommunications, or far, far worse. Armis works with IDT, Samsung, and Verizon—which is working with Samsung to develop and deploy 5G using the licenses acquired from IDT.
Rolling out those networks, in both cities and rural areas, requires essentially rebuilding the nation’s cell networks and switching systems. Over time, the evolution to the new architecture promises to transform how billions of “internet of things” devices — such as autonomous cars and industrial sensors — operate, allowing faster, seamless connectivity.
Armis came out of stealth shortly after bidding on SPCI ended and began working with IDT.
Greenstein was also a Director at American Friends of Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT), considered Israel's West Point equivalent in defense technology, and is known for its graduates in Israeli intelligence and Unit 8200—such as the ones that make up start-ups like Armis.
In contrast to speculation about Chinese surveillance concerns with Huawei, companies like Armis openly display their ties to Israeli intelligence, and have had little difficulty injecting themselves into the largest of U.S. technology corporations.
The 2017 sale of SPCI led to an early 5G roll-out by Verizon in Houston, Texas.
With "first on 5G," Verizon began deploying early 5G networks, while U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) actively promoted the technology with Trump. Cruz has also been putting pressure on Huawei, despite his own ties to IDT.
Cruz also opposed nationalizing 5G in early 2018.
Despite such conflicts of interest between the Eastern District of New York (EDNY), IDT, and the Trump administration—Cruz put forward a resolution related to the pending extradition of Wanzhou.
IDT CIO Golan Ben-Oni with former NSA Director General Michael Hayden.