90 Miles From Tyranny : Embattled Chinese telecom giant Huawei hires Obama’s former director of cybersecurity

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Embattled Chinese telecom giant Huawei hires Obama’s former director of cybersecurity

In the midst of the Justice Department’s prosecution of Huawei Technologies for violating sanctions against Iran, the Chinese company is teaming up with a new lobbyist to help minimize the fallout: Samir Jain.

Jain works for the lobbying firm Jones Day, but before that he served as director of cybersecurity policy for President Obama’s National Security Council.

“Embattled Chinese telco Huawei has hired a new lobbyist: Jones Day’s Samir Jain, formally the Obama National Security Council’s director of cybersecurity policy,” the Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay posted to Twitter, along with a pic of Jain’s lobbying registration.

According to Jain’s Jones Day biography, the veteran cybersecurity and communications expert has a lot of connections at the Department of Justice.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2017, Samir was senior director for cybersecurity policy for the National Security Council at The White House. He led the team responsible for cyber incident responses, chaired the interagency body that reviewed proposed cyber operations, directed evaluation of legislative proposals concerning reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and regularly worked with international cyber counterparts, including leading an interagency delegation to India and coordinating the campaign to gain acceptance of U.S.-proposed international cyber norms.

Samir also served as associate deputy attorney general at the DOJ, where his responsibilities included overseeing the development of...

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