As the UK nears the deadline on its decision on whether to use Huawei kit in its 5G network, the US has reportedly just pulled new evidence out of its arse. Which is a surprise, as thus far, it's had bugger all.
Deputy national security adviser, Matt Pottinger, lead a US delegation to meet with UK ministers this week and is said to have whipped out some actual evidence relating to the Chinese company's alleged nefarious connections. The dossier will presumably provide the grounds for a big fat 'no' when it comes to the inclusion of Huawei in the country's 5G infrastructure, and would be at odds with British intelligence's own evaluation of the situation. What that evidence is, hasn't been disclosed.
It's very convenient that this has materialised as we approach the end of January, when the government has to pull its finger out of its arse and commit one way or the other in the face of continued US pressure to step back from the tech giant. It also doesn't reflect very well on our own intelligence's ability to poke around if it proves to be something other than a load of old todgers.
The head of MI5 doesn't seem to be too concerned about the UK's decision having an adverse effect on its intelligence sharing with the US or its position in the Five Eyes alliance, although he did echo the sentiments of health secretary Matt Hancock, saying the UK should develop its own alternative rather than relying on Chinese companies, or anyone else.
The final verdict isn't due for a couple of weeks yet, so we'll see if the contents of this mystery file ever come to light. [BBC News]