Reuters claims a Whitehouse report, yet to be released, will find no evidence of spying by Huawei.
The Chinese telecommunications company was recently the subject of a scathing Congressional report, which labeled Huawei a security risk.
The report was picked up on by Labour and the Greens, who question Huawei's involvement in New Zealand's public-private fibre rollout at a time when it has been blocked from Australia's National Broadband Network.
Quoting two unnamed sources, Reuters says the White House pressed the Congressional Intelligence Committee to produce a "smoking gun," but no hard evidence was produced.
Reuters says intelligence agencies and government departments involved in the largely classified Whitehouse review interviewed 1000 telecom equipment buyers.
One source told the news agency, "We knew certain parts of government really wanted. We would have found it if it were there."
In short, Reuters sees Huawei being comprehensively exonerated.
It's not only Labour and the Greens who slagged off Huawei. Parliament's Xenophobe-in-Chief Winston Peters joined in the act as well. Allegations that a Chinese company was dodgy were manna from heaven for those who love anti-Asian rhetoric.
Except that there's no smoking gun, and as Reuters reports, Huawei has been "comprehensively exonerated". It seems that Huawei's only crime was being Chinese owned. So we wait with bated breath for the apologies from Labour, from the Greens or from NZ First.
Or will they apply the Shearer Burden of Proof? Will they use David Shearer's convoluted logic that facts don't matter, and that it's OK to make unsubstantiated allegations, and that it is the accused's responsibility to prove that the allegations are unsubstantiated?