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Special Report: How foreign firms tried to sell spy gear to Iran

An Iranian man uses a mobile phone while standing on a street in northern Tehran October 24, 2010. Picture taken on October 24, 2010. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Files

An Iranian man uses a mobile phone while standing on a street in northern Tehran October 24, 2010. Picture taken on October 24, 2010. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Files

An Iranian man uses a mobile phone while standing on a street in northern Tehran October 24, 2010. Picture taken on October 24, 2010. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Files
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Huawei's telecommunication facilities are shown inside an exhibition hall of Huawei n Shenzhen in southern China March 16, 2012. Picture taken March 16, 2012. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Huawei's telecommunication facilities are shown inside an exhibition hall of Huawei n Shenzhen in southern China March 16, 2012. Picture taken March 16, 2012. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

Huawei's telecommunication facilities are shown inside an exhibition hall of Huawei n Shenzhen in southern China March 16, 2012. Picture taken March 16, 2012. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files
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The logo of South Africa's MTN Group is seen on signage outside the company's headquarters in Johannesburg, May 27, 2008. Picture taken May 27, 2008. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files

The logo of South Africa's MTN Group is seen on signage outside the company's headquarters in Johannesburg, May 27, 2008. Picture taken May 27, 2008. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files

The logo of South Africa's MTN Group is seen on signage outside the company's headquarters in Johannesburg, May 27, 2008. Picture taken May 27, 2008. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files
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A general view shows the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in Shenzhen, Guangdong province June 29, 2009. Picture taken June 29, 2009. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Stringer/Files

A general view shows the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in Shenzhen, Guangdong province June 29, 2009. Picture taken June 29, 2009. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Stringer/Files

A general view shows the headquarters of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in Shenzhen, Guangdong province June 29, 2009. Picture taken June 29, 2009. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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An excerpt of a statement from Chinese telecom equipment firm Huawei is displayed on a smartphone in front of computer screens showing the Huawei logo (R), a diagram from a proposal made by a former Huawei partner to Iranian wireless internet provider MobinNet (Bottom L), and marketing material for a Huawei 'deep packet inspection' system (Top L and C), in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

An excerpt of a statement from Chinese telecom equipment firm Huawei is displayed on a smartphone in front of computer screens showing the Huawei logo (R), a diagram from a proposal made by a former Huawei partner to Iranian wireless internet...more

An excerpt of a statement from Chinese telecom equipment firm Huawei is displayed on a smartphone in front of computer screens showing the Huawei logo (R), a diagram from a proposal made by a former Huawei partner to Iranian wireless internet provider MobinNet (Bottom L), and marketing material for a Huawei 'deep packet inspection' system (Top L and C), in this photo illustration taken in Lavigny, November 29, 2012. Picture taken November 29, 2012. To match Special Report IRAN-HUAWEI/ REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud
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