Huawei: Searches and arrests of counterintelligence in Poland

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On Jan. 11, Reuters reported Polish officials had arrested a Huawei employee and former Polish security official on spying allegations.

The Huawei employee detained in Poland is a Chinese citizen responsible for sales to public sector clients, television news channel TVPInfo said on Friday.

After both suspects were reportedly detained by the ABW earlier this week, the Warsaw District Court ruled on Thursday that the two should remain behind bars for three months.

In addition to this, Huawei have come under fire from authorities in Norway, Germany, the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, with several countries outright banning the use of their devices or equipment used in 5G mobile networks. "This case is far from closed", he told TVPInfo.

China's embassy has reached out to offer consular services to Wang, according to the South China Morning Post, which adds, "China's foreign ministry expressed grave concerns over the incident".

"We have no comment for the time being", Huawei said in a statement. "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", the statement said.

Meng, 46, is not only Huawei's CFO, but is also the daughter of Huawei's founder, Ren Zhengfei, one of the richest men in China.

Western governments are anxious that Huawei's systems could be used by Chinese intelligence. United States officials have not produced much public evidence for these concerns, but this arrest will underscore Huawei's potentially malicious ambitions.

The arrested employee is the Chinese citizen Weijing W., who is said to have worked for the Chinese secret service. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in jail, he said.

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Polish media identified Piotr D as a former agent for Poland's ABW counter-intelligence service and current cybersecurity consultant for the Polish branch of French mobile phone provider Orange. The man attended a top Chinese intelligence school, and was a former Chinese consulate in Gdnask.

Poland is Huawei's headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordic region.

Orange has worked closely with Huawei to install 5G infrastructures.

A senior Huawei Canada executive is leaving the Chinese tech company as it faces growing problems around the world.

According to the Globe and Mail, Bradley used a separate memo to explain that his departure was "not a sudden decision but rather an understanding over the past year-and-a-half that at some point, I would be moving on from a formal role with the company".

The company has attracted even greater scrutiny following the arrest of its chief financial officer last month in Canada.

It's not clear if its Polish unit has followed suit.

According to a draft of China's national intelligence law that was recently released, all Chinese companies "shall support, cooperate with and collaborate in national intelligence work, and maintain the secrecy of national intelligence work they are aware of".