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Huawei employee arrested in Poland on spying allegations

Poland arrests Huawei employee over spying allegations Poland arrests Chinese employee of Huawei
Leonard Rios | 12 January, 2019, 11:16

Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish national involved in cyber business on allegations of spying, Polish media reported on Friday, deepening the controversy over Western criticism of the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.

Two people were arrested in Poland over espionage charges, according to a report from a Polish news broadcaster.

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A Huawei spokesperson told WSJ that the company is aware of the situation and is looking into it, adding that it requires employees to complies with the country's laws and regulations.

U.S. intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies has links to the Chinese government and that its equipment may have "backdoors" for use by government spies.

He said no further details would be released about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing. The man, who went by the Polish first name Stanislaw, also worked at the Chinese consulate in the past.

Huawei is one of the "tech" champions in China, and one of the more popular Chinese companies overseas.

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It said, while at the Internal Security Agency, he was involved in building a mobile communications system for top Polish officials, and he was sacked in 2011 amid a major corruption scandal.

An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw says China attaches "great importance to the detention" of a Chinese citizen in Poland who has been detained and charged with espionage and that a representative of the embassy has met with officials at Poland's Foreign Ministry to discuss the case.

Internal Security Agency officers have searched the headquarters of Huawei's Polish branch and the offices of the Orange telecommunications corporation, where the Polish suspect worked after leaving the agency, TVP Info said.

The detention comes after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in December 2018 at the request of United States law enforcement officials.

"We are extremely grateful for his contributions to Huawei Canada during the past seven and a half years and I personally want to take this opportunity to thank him for the dedication and valuable support he has provided to me during the time we worked together". She was reportedly charged with fraud for telling the UK-based banking company HSBC that the Chinese tech giant was in full compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran, while one of its subsidiaries was not complying with the restrictions. They also arrested a Polish employee of the local subsidiary of European communications giant Orange. Various countries, including the Britain, France, Germany, Norway, have publicly raised concerns about using Huawei equipment for next-generation mobile networks.

Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company founder, as she transited through the country.

Huawei has been scrutinized for security concerns over its involvement in the development of 5G infrastructures.

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