Patrick Ricciardi configured computer systems to collect all emails sent to the mayor and two high-ranking city employees.
He did it, he said, to see if his job was secure. We can say with reasonable certainty now that it is not.
The company blames its own poor communications for what it calls "myths and misinformation" that have led to multiple countries banning its equipment.
But reports of Huawei's almost-sale of banned telecom equipment to Iran underscores fears that the company is sloppy at best, a vector for cyber attack at worst.
South Korean police have arrested a man from Seoul on suspicion of working with North Korea to develop games infected with spyware.