'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'

14 January, 2019, 06:12 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • A Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei was arrested in Poland and charged with espionage on behalf of China

The Chinese tech giant has fired Weijing Wang, an employee arrested in Poland over spying allegations despite security officials saying the espionage wasn't directly tied to Huawei, according to Engadget.

The Polish citizen previously held director-level positions in the country's law-enforcement agencies, said Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Poland's security coordination office.

Mr. Bradley has faced increased scrutiny in the past year as Washington ramped up pressure on major allies, including Canada, to bar Huawei from providing equipment for next generation 5G wireless networks, arguing it is to closely linked to Beijing and its gear could be used to spy on Western interests.

Last month, Britain's largest mobile provider BT said that it would remove Huawei equipment from its cellular network after the foreign intelligence service called the company a security risk. On Thursday, a Warsaw court agreed to detain the two men for three months.

"This matter has to do with his actions, it doesn't have anything to do with the company he works for", Zaryn said of the Chinese man.

Wang Weijing was arrested for "personal reasons", the company said in a statement on Saturday. Spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski declined to comment on Huawei cooperation but confirmed that the Warsaw-based company handed over an employee's belongings to the authorities.

State TV identified the Polish man as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security, until 2011. The country's security services searched the offices of Huawei as well as Orange Polska, public television said.


Huawei complies with "all applicable laws" in countries where it operates and requires employees to obey them too, said the company statement. So it's probably a safe bet to say that many more arrests are in store, both in China and in the west.

Huawei has been blocked in the USA since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment.

The arrests are the latest embarrassment for the world's biggest telecoms equipment maker, following the detention in Canada last month of the firm's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou - accused by the USA of violating Iranian sanctions.

The arrests came amid growing concerns shared by European Union institutions and governments across the world about the activities of Huawei on their territory.

Oddly, Huawei, once a customer of Qualcomm, was one of the star witnesses for the FTC in their suit against Qualcomm which alleges that the USA company is threatening to withhold chips to customers unless they pay unreasonably high licensing fees.

Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, on Friday called on the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to agree on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.

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