Pentagon orders military stores to stop selling Chinese phones

The Defense Department is ordering retail stores on military bases to stop selling products made by Chinese telecom firms Huawei and ZTE, citing security concerns.

“Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to Department’s personnel, information and mission,” Major Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. “In light of this information, it was not prudent for the Department’s exchanges to continue selling them to [Defense Department] personnel.”

Eastburn would not go into details about the nature of the security concerns, but cited public testimony from intelligence officials warning that the firms may be compromised by the Chinese government.

The order was given to military bases around the world on April 25, the spokesman said.

In February, intelligence leaders told…