Poland arrests two over spying allegations, including Huawei employee

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Polish state TV, which is close to the government, identified the Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei, the Chinese conglomerate that produces telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics.

Polish authorities have reportedly arrested Huawei's sales director and an ex-security agency staffer on allegations of spying.

Huawei said in a brief statement that the company was "aware of the situation" and "looking into it" but had no further comment for now.

USA intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd [HWT.UL] is linked to China's government and that its equipment could contain "backdoors" for use by government spies.

Huawei has repeatedly denied claims of secret ties to the Chinese government. "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".

Geopolitical tensions over Huawei intensified after its chief financial officer, who is the daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested December 1 in Canada in connection with USA accusations that the company violated restrictions on sales of American technology to Iran.


The West's security concerns surrounding Huawei, and fellow Chinese telecoms equipment firm ZTE Corp 0763.HK 000063.SZ , centre around China's National Intelligence Law.

The Chinese foreign ministry told AFP it was "highly concerned" by the arrest of its citizen.

While the MateBook 13 was certainly Huawei's biggest focus at CES 2019, it wasn't the only announcement from the company. Some experts also see a risk that Chinese intelligence may develop an ability to subvert Huawei's equipment.

The two men were arrested on Tuesday and are suspected of having "worked for Chinese services and to the detriment of Poland", said Polish special services spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn.

According to media outlet TVP, the other was a Polish national who used to work at the country's internal security agency (Agencja Bezpieczeństwa Wewnętrznego, ABW) and more recently Orange.

The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for a response to the reports.

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