White House rebuts idea that Huawei’s Meng was freed in prisoner swap

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By Alexandra Alper and Michael Martina WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday said a near-simultaneous release of a top Huawei executive and two Canadians detained shortly after her arrest was not a prisoner swap, but that their cases came up in a call between the Chinese and American presidents weeks before. On Friday, Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou flew home to China from Canada after reaching an agreement with U.S. prosecutors to end the bank fraud case against her, a point of tension between China and the United States. Within hours of the news of the deal, the two C…

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