Poland arrests Chinese Huawei employee, Polish national over spying allegations

Lester Mason
January 11, 2019

The Huawei employee is a Chinese citizen responsible for sales to public sector clients in Poland, according to TVPInfo. Huawei is facing increased spying accusations from the United States and its allies.

Poland has arrested a Chinese businessman working for the Huawei technology company on suspicion of espionage, authorities in Warsaw said today. Both are accused of espionage.

Huawei said in a brief statement that the company was "aware of the situation" and "looking into it" but had no further comment for now.

Two Huawei employees have been arrested in Poland for allegedly spying on the Chinese government's behalf.

While the MateBook 13 was certainly Huawei's biggest focus at CES 2019, it wasn't the only announcement from the company.

USA intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd [HWT.UL] is linked to China's government and that its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by government spies.


And in December, Huawei's CFO was arrested by Canadian police, amid allegations she broke sanctions on selling equipment to Iran - something the firm again denied.

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.

The arrested pair will be held for three months, PAP reported, citing the spokesperson for Poland's head of special services.

Polish media outlets said the Polish suspect is thought to be a former agent for Poland's ABW counter-intelligence service who is now working as a cyber-security consultant for the Polish branch of French mobile phone provider Orange.

Orange said in a statement that the Polish security services had gathered material related to an employee, but it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work.

The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for a response to the reports.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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