Polish security arrests Huawei employee on spying charges

Polish security arrests Huawei employee on spying charges

Polish security arrests Huawei employee on spying charges

In one of his last interviews with MobileSyrup, Bradley stood strongly behind the company and said that the work Huawei did was important.

A senior Huawei Canada executive who served as the company's spokesperson in Canada has announced he will be leaving the Chinese company as tensions rise between Canada and China.

"ABW (Internal Security Agency) officials conducted actions, as a result of which, we handed over belongings of one of our employees", Orange Polska said in a statement.

The arrest comes just over a month after Canada detained Meng on a U.S. extradition request, a move that infuriated China, which warned Canada of "serious consequences".

Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company founder, as she transited through the country.

Huawei, on the other hand, said that it's aware of the situation but denies comments for now. Huawei has repeatedly dismissed claims that it is a Beijing tool, with company officials noting that it is an independent entity and has never been implicated in any spy rings - until now.

State TV identified the Polish man as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security, until 2011. If found guilty of spying, they face up to 10 years in prison. Her arrest sparked a surge of patriotism in China with companies encouraging staff to buy Huawei smartphones.

Huawei Technologies Co is under intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and US-led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.

This is the second high-profile arrest of an employee at Huawei in two months.

The company added it did not know if the investigation was linked to the employee's professional work, and that it would continue to cooperate with the authorities. The company said it abides by applicable laws wherever it operates and expects employees to do the same.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that it was "highly concerned" about the arrests.

"Europe is facing a challenge when it comes to dealing with Huawei and it shows that the continent doesn't have the ability to be autonomous", said Solange Ghernaouti, head of the Swiss Cybersecurity Advisory and Research Group. She was reportedly charged with fraud for telling the UK-based banking company HSBC that the Chinese tech giant was in full compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran, while one of its subsidiaries was not complying with the restrictions.

Chinese authorities then detained two Canadians - a former diplomat and a business consultant - on suspicion of endangering national security. 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.

Ambassador Lu Shaye said on Wednesday that Canada's demand for the release of the two detained Canadians reflects "double standards" born of "western egotism and white supremacy".

Chan reported from London.

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