Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Poland arrests Huawei employee on allegations of spying

Poland arrests Huawei employee on allegations of spying

The case broke as a number of countries are limiting Huawei's activities in their territory as they fear it would give access to Chinese authorities to critical information and networks.

An armed officer of the Polish secret service checks a vehicle entering the government headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, July 7, 2005.

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

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The company, which makes telecom equipment and consumer electronics, said in a statement that it is "aware of the situation, and we are looking into it". The Chinese national was a sales director, though the Polish national's role is unclear.

A year ago it held talks with Poland's government about setting up a science-and-technology center near Warsaw, and is working local units of French mobile operator Orange SA and Germany's Deutsche Telekom to set up fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks.

NPR reported that the Polish government believes the two had "cooperated with the Chinese services" while spying in Poland.

A Chinese employee of Huawei has been arrested in Poland on allegations of spying in the latest security scandal to plague China's biggest and most notorious phone maker.

Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's special service, said that the operation that resulted in the arrest of the two suspects had been underway for a long time and was planned with care.

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TVP, which is government-controlled media, identified the arrested Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei. Also going by the Polish first name Stanislaw, the Chinese man had previously worked at the Chinese consulate.

He said their apartments and workplaces were searched, adding that the Polish suspect had worked "for several state institutions".

In addition, Poland Internal Security Agency also arrested a Polish official who understands the Polish government's encrypted communication network infrastructure. Just $5 a month.

Chinese authorities then detained two Canadians - a former diplomat and a business consultant - on suspicion of endangering national security.

TVP reported that Huawei's office in Poland had been searched by the AWB, along with the offices of Orange Polska where the Polish national reportedly worked.

Last month, a senior European Union official warned that the bloc should be "worried" about Huawei and other Chinese firms. The ABW materials show that they both acted for the benefit of the Chinese special services. "And this is about mandatory backdoors", European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip told reporters.

Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.

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