Huawei is not the only company the US Government has been pursuing; Washington has also taken aim at Kaspersky Lab, the well-known Russian security firm.
But in the case of Kaspersky, the government's case was bolstered by stories in the mainstream press in October last year that made claims about spying by the Russian firm. Technically, these stories had plenty of holes but then such things are overlooked in the hysteria of "Russia hacked the DNC".
It is logical to assume that if any of the American intelligence agencies had any similar way of casting aspersions on Huawei, they would have done so. Leaking to the media is a way of life among spooks; American businesses are supported by intelligence agencies and vice versa.
But it has always had a loud megaphone and, aided by willing media outlets who ask few questions but play the role of stenographers with glee, the myths about Huawei are now almost as accepted as Holy Writ.
Huawei has, uncharacteristically, hit back publicly in the last fortnight or so, with its Australia chairman John Lord fronting the ABC on a couple of occasions and other company officials joining him in a bid to lobby politicians.
Despite this, it is quite clear that Australia will follow the US and not give Huawei a role in the 5G rollout. Politicians in Australia have shown a remarkable lack of backbone when it comes to dealing with orders from Washington and this time it will be no different.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is geared towards one thing, and one thing, only and that is his political survival. Given a choice between logic and American desires, it is quite easy to conclude which option he will take.