Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Poland arrests two over spying for China, including Huawei employee

Poland arrests two over spying for China, including Huawei employee

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

And Huawei has featured heavily in an obscure lawsuit that opened the first week of January in California between U.S. -based Qualcomm, a telecom company on the cutting edge of the next iteration of smartphone wireless known as 5G, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

A Polish security services spokesman said earlier the allegations were related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to the Chinese company. "This case is far from closed", he told TVPInfo.

An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw said Chinese envoys had urged Polish Foreign Ministry officials to arrange a consular visit with Wang "as soon as possible".

"It's not the beginning of this case but it's also not the end", he said.

Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters that said it was aware of the situation and looking into it.

Ties between the USA and China have become increasingly strained since Canadian authorities arrested a Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, in December at the request of U.S. authorities. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.

Mr Brudzinski said Poland wanted to continue cooperating with China but that a discussion was needed on whether to exclude Huawei from some markets.

The accusations add to Huawei's troubles of late as Western governments grow anxious that Huawei's systems could be used by Chinese intelligence.

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Australia and New Zealand have also enacted similar bans, leaving Canada the only country in the "Five Eyes" intelligence network not to take steps against the Chinese firm.

They were named as Weijing W. and Piotr D.in the agency release. The country's security services searched the offices of Huawei as well as Orange Polska, public television said. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in jail, he said.

Polish public TV channel TVP said the Polish man was a former ISA officer and that security services had searched the offices of his current employer, telecoms firm Orange Polska.

The Chinese national is a former employee of the country's consulate in the Baltic Sea port of Gdansk, according to TVPInfo television.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said that Chinese officials are not respecting the diplomatic immunity of one of the Canadians detained in China last month.

Germany is under pressure from Washington to follow suit, news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Poland's cyber-security chief, Karol Okonski, told RMF Radio that ideally the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would be "as consistent as possible" on Huawei.

The US blocked Huawei from operating in its territory in 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report said it was a security risk. It has said it would "never tolerate such behavior by any of our staff".

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