Poland charges Huawei manager and Pole with spying for China

Huawei seeks to distance itself from the case as the firm faces Western fears that it could act as a proxy for China’s security apparatus

Polish authorities have arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a Polish man, who reportedly worked for Orange Polska, on charges of spying for Beijing, according to local media.

Poland's Internal Security Agency has detained a high-ranking employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei on suspicions of spying for China.

The US criticism has led to a number of Western countries and companies to review whether they should allow Huawei's equipment to be used in their telecoms networks.

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

Polish authorities said Friday they have arrested Wang, a Chinese citizen and former diplomat, along with a Polish cybersecurity expert who had held several top government cybersecurity jobs and also worked at the telecom company Orange. Huawei and Orange could not immediately be reached for comment.

Huawei said in a statement that its employee's alleged actions have no relation to the company.

Meanwhile, the Polish national's name is Piotr D. and was working at Poland's internal security agency, the ABW, before leaving over allegations of corruption.

The pair are set to remain in custody for at least three months and apparently face up to ten years in prison.

Last month, Britain's largest mobile provider BT said that it would remove Huawei equipment from its cellular network after the foreign intelligence service called the company a security risk.

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A BBC report said that Huawei "told the BBC it was aware of the situation and was looking into it".

The Chinese foreign ministry expressed grave concerns over the incident and urged Poland to protect the lawful rights of the Chinese detainee.

While one was identified as the Huawei employee, the other was described as a Polish citizen and former security official.

In addition, agents have searched Poland's Office of Electronic Communication (UKE) regulator, where the Polish suspect had also worked, according to TVP Info.

Huawei is a major supplier of telecommunications equipment in Canada, where Bradley had served as chair of the 5G Canada Council, a national trade group promoting adoption of next-generation high-speed wireless technology. She has been released on bail, but faces a lengthy legal fight over extradition to the US.

Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, called for the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.

Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, on Friday called on the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to agree on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.

A spokesperson for Orange Polska told Reuters, "On Tuesday members of the internal security agency in Poland conducted procedures inquiring into one of our workers".

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