Poland spying suspect held top cyber jobs

Poland spying suspect held top cyber jobs

Poland spying suspect held top cyber jobs

Poland has arrested a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei's local office and one of its own former counterespionage officers.

According to TVP, the country's counterintelligence agency conducted raids on both individuals' houses on Tuesday morning.

Zaryn told AP that prosecutors have charged the two men with espionage, but agents are continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses. In addition, TVP Info says, Internal Security Agency officers searched Huawei's headquarters in Poland, along with an Orange office where Piotr D. worked.

Citing China's foreign ministry of affairs, state broadcaster CCTV said Beijing is "closely following" the detention of Wang Weijing and has asked to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible".

Huawei Technologies on Saturday said it had fired Wang Weijing, who was arrested by Poland's counter-intelligence service on suspicion of spying. A court has ordered the pair to be held for three months, and they face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

A Huawei spokesperson told WSJ that the company is aware of the situation and is looking into it, adding that it requires employees to complies with the country's laws and regulations. The man attended a top Chinese intelligence school, and was a former Chinese consulate in Gdnask.

Its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou - the daughter of its founder - was arrested in Canada last month and faces extradition to the U.S. on charges of breaking Iran sanctions.

High-ranking American officials have warned for some time that Huawei's relationship with the Chinese government is cause for concern and that the company's technology could be used to spy on American citizens.

Orange Polska worked with Huawei past year on introducing the latest fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network in the country of 38 million.

In December, Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada over alleged breaches of United States sanctions by the company. It sells more smartphones than Apple (AAPL) and builds advanced telecommunications networks in countries around the world.

In response, China has arrested a handful of Canadian nationals, apparently forcing a hostage standoff to get Meng back.

Trudeau did not elaborate on why Kovrig is entitled to diplomatic immunity, but he reiterated that Canada was operating under the rule of law, saying that Meng was arrested because of an extradition request, but was out on bail and living in her Canadian home, and that all countries need to respect the rule of law.

Wang's arrest plays into Western governments' fears that Huawei could be spying on behalf of China.

The development comes as a USA dispute with China over a ban on Huawei is spilling over to Europe, the company's biggest foreign market, where some countries are also starting to shun its network systems over data security concerns.

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