Huawei employee arrested over alleged spying

Minnie Murray
January 12, 2019

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

The offices of both Huawei and Orange Polska have been searched by Poland's Internal Security Agency.

The arrest comes just over a month after Canada detained Meng on a USA extradition request, a move that infuriated China, which warned Canada of "serious consequences". Huawei and Orange could not immediately be reached for comment.

Some European countries have followed the USA and began looking into whether using Huawei's technology could expose the country to China.

Bradley's departure from the company's comes in the wake of increased scrutiny levied against the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer, particularly in regards to the company's connection with the government of the People's Republic of China and concerns about espionage.

Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's special service, said the two arrested men "carried out espionage activities against Poland" and the operation to arrest them was underway for a long time.

Poland's neighbour Germany has said it is considering restricting Huawei's role in its future telecom infrastructure. According to Reuters, the police had also raided the officers of Orange Polska, where the Polish national works.

Huawei in December said it expects to see a 21 percent rise in revenue for 2018 despite what it called "unfair treatment" around the world.

He said no further details would be released about the case because it is classified and the investigation is ongoing.

Both of them will remain in custody for the next three months and could face up to 10 years in prison.

Zaryn identified him as Weijing W and the Polish suspect as Piotr D.

The Huawei logo displayed at the main office of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. The resume said he received a bachelor's degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

In an emailed statement sent earlier today, a Huawei spokesperson told us: "Huawei is aware of the situation, and we are looking into it". The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same.

The FTC's argument that Qualcomm is allegedly harming competition, however, has frustrated some conservatives, who say not only does it appear the independent agency is favoring Chinese interests over American businesses, but the FTC's case goes against the ideas of free-market capitalism.

Its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou - the daughter of its founder - was arrested in Canada last month and faces extradition to the United States on charges of breaking Iran sanctions. The US alleges that its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, conspired to defraud banks to unwittingly clear transactions linked to Iran.

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