Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

According to the LinkedIn profile of "Stanislaw Wang" - Wang's Polish name, according to Polish media TVP - the detained Huawei employee worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk, Poland prior to his tenure at the Chinese tech firm. 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.

There has been no public evidence that Huawei's equipment has been used for spying and the firm has repeatedly denied the claims, but several western countries have restricted Huawei's access to their markets and have pressured Canada to do the same. 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.

A Chinese employee of tech giant Huawei and a Polish national have been arrested in Poland on allegations of spying. The suspect is being threatened with up to 10 years in prison.

Last year, The Australian newspaper reported officials in the land "Down Under" had received reports about Chinese spies using Huawei to infiltrate a "foreign network".

Huawei's US market dried up after a congressional panel said in 2012 the company and its smaller Chinese rival ZTE Corp. were potential security risks and told phone companies to avoid using their technology.

An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw says China attaches "great importance to the detention" of the Chinese citizen in Poland and that Chinese envoys had met with Polish Foreign Ministry officials on the matter.

In December, a Czech cybersecurity agency warned against using the software and hardware of Huawei and fellow Chinese company ZTE, saying they posed a threat to state security.

A former member of the Polish intelligence service was also detained on spying charges.

Huawei has faced increasing scrutiny over its alleged links to Chinese intelligence services, prompting not just the United States but also Australia and Japan to block it from building their 5G internet networks.

Geopolitical tensions over Huawei have intensified since Canada arrested a top executive last month at the request of US authorities.

The network has recently partnered with Huawei to make its next-gen 5G network. Counterintelligence officers also collected physical documents and electronic data from the local offices of Huawei and telecom provider Orange. Weijing W.'s face has been blurred out of news reports in Poland and China, but the executive was pictured representing Huawei at a conference in 2017. Orange told the AP it did not know if the suspicions against its employee were related to his work at Orange.

The European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should work on a joint position on whether to exclude Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei from their markets, Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, said on Saturday.

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