Poland arrests Huawei exec on spying allegations

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd is linked to China's government

US intelligence agencies allege Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd is linked to China's government Credit Patrick T. Fallon Bloomberg

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

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. Spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski declined to comment on Huawei cooperation but confirmed that the Warsaw-based company handed over an employee's belongings to the authorities.

While the details of their alleged espionage have not yet been made public, a spokesman for Poland's security services has told Reuters that the allegations are related to individual actions, not directly related to Huawei.

A conviction could come with a 10-year prison sentence.

Huawei said that Bradley will now serve as a "special consultant" to the company and help them according to the company's requirements.

New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) blocked a proposal by Spark in November to use equipment from Huawei to build its 5G mobile network, which it hopes to have operational by July next year.

Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters saying it was aware of the situation and was looking into it.

China's foreign ministry said it was "greatly concerned" by the reports, and urged Poland to handle the case "justly".

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An official says Poland's Internal Security Agency has arrested a Chinese businessman and a Pole on suspicion of espionage. That comes more than a month after Canada arrested chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States while she changed planes in Vancouver on December 1.

The Polish spy agency and Poland's state television, which is closely tied to the Polish government, reported the arrests and the searches at both Huawei and Orange.

It said he also went by the Polish first name of Stanislaw and had previously worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk. The Chinese national is a sales director while the Polish is a former high-ranking official at Poland's internal security agency. Meng was released on bail four weeks ago and is living under restrictions in her million-dollar Vancouver home.

Most of Canada's allies in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have banned the Chinese telco from their emerging 5G networks, the next evolution in wireless internet technology.

USA officials have reportedly fanned out across Europe recently to make their case with governments and Huawei suppliers for blocking the company.

In Warsaw, Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, said the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation should work on a joint position on whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom announced a deal with Huawei for its future 5G network in Poland, but hasn't said what it will do in Germany itself.

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