Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Huawei says sacks employee in Poland that was arrested on spying charges

Huawei says sacks employee in Poland that was arrested on spying charges

A Huawei logo on a building in Warsaw in Poland.

Huawei Technologies, already mired in a USA case alleging sanctions violations, faces new worldwide scrutiny after Poland arrested a company employee and a former Polish security agent and accused them of spying for China.

Wang Weijing was arrested for "personal reasons", the company said in a statement on Saturday. Wang Weijing, the company's sales director in Poland, was detained of Friday along with a former Polish security official.

The arrest rekindled tensions between China and the West over cybersecurity concerns surrounding Huawei.

The two men were arrested Tuesday, according to Poland's Internal Security Agency.

The network has recently partnered with Huawei to make its next-gen 5G network. U.S. officials are claiming Huawei is working with the Chinese government, allowing its equipment to be used by the government for spying on Western adversaries.

In a separate memo Friday to Huawei Canada, Mr. Bradley himself said his departure was "not a sudden decision but rather an understanding over the past year-and-a-half that at some point, I would be moving on from a formal role with the company".

Poland is Huawei's headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region.

Wasik said that the Chinese suspect was a businessman working for a major electronics corporation and that the Pole was "known in circles associated with cyber-business affairs".

But unlike Meng, who was detained for possible extradition to the U.S., Wang is suspected of conducting espionage against Poland.

The two men were arrested on Tuesday. Further indictments are expected, he said.

TVP said the men have not pleaded guilty and are refusing to give testimony in the case. If convicted, they could face up to 10 years in prison each.

Polish broadcaster TVP reports authorities raided Huawei's offices in the country, local operator and workplace of the Polish national Orange Polska, and telecoms regulator Poland's Office of Electronic Communications.

Stanislaw Zaryn, a spokesman for Polish counterintelligence, said in a statement to the country's official press agency that the Chinese citizen had been arrested along with a Polish citizen.

According to a LinkedIn profile, Mr Wang was a sales director at the firm and worked as an attache at China's embassy in Poland from 2006-11. The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

The Orange employee, "Piotr D.", reportedly had access to a government network used for confidential communications, and was a former agent with Poland's Internal Security Agency, the ABW.

The company has attracted even greater scrutiny following the arrest of its chief financial officer last month in Canada.

Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan have imposed curbs on use of Huawei technology.

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