Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Poland arrests two over spying for China, including Huawei employee

Poland arrests two over spying for China, including Huawei employee

"Despite efforts in some markets to create fear about Huawei and to use politics to interfere with industry growth, we are proud to say that our customers continue to trust us", said Ken Hu, the company's rotating chief executive and deputy chair.

The two men were arrested on Tuesday.

United States intelligence agencies allege that Huawei is linked to China's government and that "backdoors" built into its technology could be exploited by government spy agencies. They'll both remain in custody for at least three months.

It was also reported that both detainees pleaded not guilty and refused to give explanations regarding the case.

Polish public TV channel TVP said the Polish man was a former ISA officer and that security services had searched the offices of his current employer, telecom firm Orange Polska.

Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his professional duties and that it was working with the country's security agency.

Another senior Huawei employee, Vice-President Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of the founder of the company, was also arrested in Canada last month.

Some European governments and telecom companies are following the US lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government.

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"Polish authorities detained and charged a local sales director of Huawei Technologies Co., a Chinese national, with conducting high-level espionage on behalf of China", The Wall Street Journal wrote today.

The news agency quotes Huawei as offering no comment, beyond saying that it is aware of the case and is monitoring the situation.

Norway came out against Huawei on Wednesday (9 December), as Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara disclosed that the country is considering excluding the Chinese firm from investing in the next generation of mobile communications (5G).

The development comes as the U.S. is exerting pressure on its allies not to use Huawei, the world's biggest maker of telecommunications network equipment, over data security concerns.

The Huawei logo displayed at the main office of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

The other detained person is a former high-rank official at Poland's internal security agency who worked at mobile phone operator Orange Polska SA, the broadcaster said. The man attended a top Chinese intelligence school, and was a former Chinese consulate in Gdnask.

Past year, the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and the director of national intelligence all warned US citizens not to use Huawei products.

The Chinese national, Wang Weijing, works for Huawei, according to a source with knowledge of the case.

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