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Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced Monday he would be stepping down from his post two weeks after an explosive Hollywood Reporter article that alleged he promised acting roles in exchange for sex.
The article includes text messages between British actress Charlotte Kirk and Tsujihara going back to 2013 when they were introduced by Australian billionaire James Packer at the Hotel Bel Air past midnight. Packer and his business partner Brett Ratner were close to closing a production deal with the studio at the time.
The messages suggest a quid pro quo sexual relationship between the aspiring actress and the studio head in which he made promises that he'd introduce her to influential executives and she'd be considered for roles in movies and television. They also show she was determined to hold Tsujihara, Packer and Ratner accountable.
The National Security Adviser has today published the executive summary of a report to the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) on a review of Huawei’s Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC).
The report is in response to the ISC’s recommendation in their July 2013 report on Foreign Investment in Critical National Infrastructure.
The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) reported in June 2013 on Foreign Investment in Critical National Infrastructure. The report questioned in particular the ability of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC)to operate with sufficient independence from Huawei headquarters. The report recommended that the staff in HCSEC should be GCHQ employees; or that, as an absolute minimum, oversight arrangementsshouldbe strengthened, and the Government should be more directly involved in the selection of HCSEC staff.
The review’s first conclusion, however, was that GCHQ’s involvement in the future appointment of senior staff to HCSEC should be strengthened. At present, GCHQ have a power of veto over appointments through the security vetting process. The review recommends that, in future, GCHQ should lead and direct senior HCSEC appointments(in consultation with Huawei), in particular through chairing the selection panel.
The HCSEC facility in Banbury, Oxfordshire, belongs to Huawei Technologies (UK) Co Ltd. The Oversight Board has now completed its first full year of work and has covered a number of areas of HCSEC’s work over the course of the year 2014 to 2015.
The Oversight Board concludes that in the year 2014 to 2015 HCSEC fulfilled its obligations to provide assurance that any risks to UK national security from Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated.
HCSEC opened in November 2010 and its infrastructure meets the UK Government’s standards as a secure facility..... It is a crucial part of a set of arrangements agreed earlier that year between the company and HM Government about mitigating any perceived risks to UK national security arising from the involvement of Huawei in parts of the UK’s critical national infrastructure. HCSEC provides security evaluation for a range of products and services used in the UK market. Through HCSEC, the UK Government is provided with insight into Huawei UK’s strategies and product ranges. GCHQ, as the national technical authority for information assurance and the lead Government operational agency on cyber security, leads for the Government in dealing with HCSEC and with Huawei more generally.
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The Board is chaired by Ciaran Martin, DG for Cyber Security at GCHQ. It comprises senior executives from Huawei, including in the role of Deputy Chair, as well as senior representatives from across Government and the UK telecommunications sector.
Prior to joining GCHQ in February 2014, Ciaran was Constitution Director at the Cabinet Office. In this role, he was the lead official negotiator for the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Scotland in the run-up to the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012 on a referendum on independence for Scotland.
Previous Cabinet Office roles included Director of Security and Intelligence, from 2008 to 2011, and Head of the Cabinet Secretary’s Office from 2005 to 2008. Before that Ciaran spent 6 years at HM Treasury and 3 at the National Audit Office, after graduating from Hertford College, Oxford in 1996.
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