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Poles arrest Huawei manager for spying

by on11 January 2019

China greatly concerned

Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish national involved in cyber business on allegations of spying.

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies is linked to China’s government and that its equipment could contain “back doors” for use by government spies, however it has offered no proof.

Polish public TV channel TVP said security services had searched the local offices of Huawei, as well as the offices of telecoms firm Orange Polska where it said the Polish national works.

China’s foreign ministry said it was “greatly concerned” by the reports, and urged Poland to handle the case “justly”.

A spokesHuawei said: “We are aware of the situation, and we are looking into it. We have no comment for the time being. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based."

Orange Polska said in a statement the security agency had on Tuesday gathered materials related to an employee, whom it did not identify. The company added it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee’s professional work, and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities.

Maciej Wasik, the deputy head of Poland’s special services, told state news agency PAP that the Chinese national is a businessman working in a major electronics company and the Pole is a person known in circles associated with a cyber business.

The arrested pair will be held for three months, PAP reported, citing the spokesperson for Poland’s head of special services. TVP said the Polish national was a former agent of the internal security agency. The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Last modified on 11 January 2019
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