Chinese telco Huawei sacks accused 'spy' detained in Poland

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

According to reports, two men were taken into custody Tuesday.

In a statement, the telecoms giant also said the arrest of its former sales director was not related to Huawei.

NPR reported that the Polish government believes the two had "cooperated with the Chinese services" while spying in Poland. Huawei is now the No. 1 seller of smartphones in Poland.

Huawei New Zealand deputy managing director Andrew Bowater offered the concession in the wake of the arrest of one its employees in Poland on spying charges. But the country's IT watchdog says it had seen no evidence Huawei could use its equipment to spy for Beijing.

"Huawei is aware of the situation, and we are looking into it", a spokesman for Huawei told multiple news organisations this morning.

He said "both carried out espionage activities against Poland".

In response to the searches and arrests, Huawei stated that the company will investigate the allegations and that it expects every employee to comply with local law. The person has yet to be named by Poland officials, but WSJ's sources claim that the man is Weijing Wang, and is known as Stainslaw Wang in Poland.

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Countries like the United States, Australia and Japan have blocked Huawei from building their next-generation, super-fast 5G internet networks.

Huawei's relations with British authorities hit a low last month when a top official walked out of a meeting with the Chinese company over its perceived failure to fix security holes in its products, sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.

Some Chinese media commentators had warned in the nationalistic Global Times of coordination between Poland and the United States, which is seeking the extradition of Meng over Huawei's alleged breach of U.S. sanctions on Iran. In addition, TVP Info says, Internal Security Agency officers searched Huawei's headquarters in Poland, along with an Orange office where Piotr D. worked.

Last month, Britain's largest mobile provider BT said that it would remove Huawei equipment from its cellular network after the foreign intelligence service called the company a security risk.

During his time at Huawei, he attempted to create a favourable reputation for the Chinese company in Canada and to dispel worries that it is closely connected to the Chinese government.

Scott Bradley, Canadian vice-president of corporate affairs for Huawei, is pictured outside a bail hearing for Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

Huawei is one of the "tech" champions in China, and one of the more popular Chinese companies overseas.

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