Chinese Huawei employee one of two arrested by Poland for 'spying'

Poland arrests Chinese Huawei exec, Pole on spying charges

Poland arrests Chinese Huawei exec, Pole on spying charges

Huawei has been blocked in the US since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment.

The TVP also said Polish security forces searched Huawei's Poland office Friday.

Huawei has repeatedly denied claims of secret ties to the Chinese government.

Some European governments and telecom companies are following the US lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government.

The Chinese national is an employee of Huawei, Poland's public TV channel TVP said.

A spokesman for the agency, Stanislaw Zaryn, said the two were arrested on Tuesday. 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.

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TVP reported that Huawei's office in Poland had been searched by the AWB, along with the offices of Orange Polska where the Polish national reportedly worked.

In December, Canadian authorities arrested a top Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, at the behest of US authorities as part of an investigation into alleged violations of USA trade sanctions, raising tensions with China at a time when Washington and Beijing are engaged in a broader trade war. Some experts also see a risk that Chinese intelligence may develop an ability to subvert Huawei's equipment.

New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. have barred Huawei from involvement in their next-generation 5G mobile networks.

Wasik said that the Chinese suspect was a businessman working for a major electronics corporation and that the Pole was "known in circles associated with cyber-business affairs".

State TV identified the Pole as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency until 2011, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security.

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