Poland charges Huawei manager with spying for China

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 11, 2019

"The Chinese individual is a businessman working for an important telecommunications firm", Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's special services, said.

Poland's public TV channel TVP reports that the Chinese national is a sales director at Chinese telecoms firm Huawei's Polish branch.

He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland", but did not identify them.

Orange Polska said in a statement the security agency had on Tuesday gathered materials related to an employee, whom it did not identify.

Poland's state security agency arrested a Chinese businessman and a Polish national on Friday over allegations of spying, Poland's state news agency PAP reported.

Spying, and working in concert with the Chinese government, are the two chief allegations several Western nations are leveling against Huawei, which recently overtook Apple as the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer.

TVP said the Polish national was a former agent of the internal security agency.

TVP said the men have not pleaded guilty and are refusing to give testimony in the case. Under Polish law, their last names can not be published ahead of trial. Huawei and Orange could not immediately be reached for comment.

"We have no comment for the time being".

In a statement, Huawei said it "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".

Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on December 1 in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

Huawei has been blocked in the US since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment.

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