Two Huawei executives arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Two Huawei executives arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Two Huawei executives arrested in Poland over spying allegations

Polish authorities announced Friday that a Huawei director and a Polish cybersecurity expert were accused of carrying out "espionage against Poland". Both men have been charged with spying on Poland for China, state television and officials reported Friday. Both were taken in on spying allegations, but officials said the charges are related to their individual actions and are not linked to the Chinese tech giant.

Poland's domestic counterintelligence agency (ABW) arrested a Huawei employee, who worked for the Chinese government in the past, and a former Polish agent of the internal security agency on Tuesday (8 January).

Oddly, Huawei, once a customer of Qualcomm, was one of the star witnesses for the FTC in their suit against Qualcomm which alleges that the USA company is threatening to withhold chips to customers unless they pay unreasonably high licensing fees. A court has ordered the pair to be held for three months, and they face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

"In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei's labour contract, we have made this decision because the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute", the statement said.

Two Huawei employees have been arrested in Poland for allegedly spying on the Chinese government's behalf.

Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with Beijing and US-led allegations that its equipment could be used by China for spying.

Huawei, as CNN reports, is one of the foremost telecom companies in China, selling more phones than Apple, with an interest in branching out into a larger, global market.

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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, December.

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. In New Zealand, the Government Communications Security Bureau turned down Spark's bid to use Huawei equipment on the new 5G network in November.

Orange Polska's French parent company said this week it would no longer work with the Chinese company in France.

Following her arrest two Canadians were detained in China on grounds of national security, in what has largely been seen as retaliation for the case. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings.

New Zealand, Australia and the United States have all barred the company from involvement in their national 5G networks.

That allegation has not been proven publicly and the company denies any link to China's government.

American and other Western security experts, including three former heads of Canadian spy agencies, have raised concerns that Huawei could be asked by Beijing to incorporate backdoors into their equipment for spying or sabotage goal.

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