Friday, 18 January, 2019

Poland Charges Huawei Manager With Spying for China

6 2018 shows a Huawei sign outside a store selling mobile phones in Beijing.- Despite being essentially barred from the critical US market Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world's number two smartphone maker in the Image Chinese company Huawei has been accused of posing an espionage threat
Andrew Cummings | 14 January, 2019, 03:02

TV channel TVP said the two individuals were arrested on Tuesday after the Huawei and Orange Polska offices were searched.

A LinkedIn profile for a man named Stanislaw Wang appears to match details described by Polish television.

Wang reportedly worked at a Chinese consulate in Gdansk from 2006 to 2011, and he's been at Huawei since then.

A Polish man was also arrested for alleged espionage along with Wang on Tuesday. The country's security services searched the offices of Huawei as well as Orange Polska, public television said. Police also arrested a Polish citizen in connection to the case.

TVP reports that the Polish national, "Piotr D" was a former high-ranking member of Poland's internal security agency (AWB).

Meng's arrest sparked a surge of patriotism in China with companies encouraging staff to buy Huawei smartphones - and several companies even offering employees subsidies to buy phones from the home-grown company. If found guilty they could face 10 years in jail. The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same.

Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters saying it was aware of the situation in Poland and was looking into it.

This is the second incident after Huawei's CFO got arrested in Canada.

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A Huawei executive arrested in Poland on charges of spying for China has been fired by the Chinese tech company.

Huawei Technologies Co is under intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and US -led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.

Orange Polska worked with Huawei a year ago on introducing the latest fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network in the country of 38 million.

The firm's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada in December over allegations of breaking of United States sanctions on Iran. Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his work at Orange or his previous jobs.

Nonetheless, intelligence bods recommended banning the use of the kit, and official blocks are in place for state-funded projects in the US, Australia and New Zealand. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.

Huawei has previously said it does not pose a security threat and that it's never been asked by any government to build backdoors or interrupt any networks.

Following her arrest, two Canadians were detained in China on grounds of endangering national security, in what has largely been seen as retaliation.

Huawei's relations with British authorities hit a low last month when a top official walked out of a meeting with the Chinese company over its perceived failure to fix security holes in its products, sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

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