Huawei employee arrested, accused of "high-level espionage" for China

Huawei employee arrested, accused of

In a coordinated arrest, police also detained a Polish citizen named Piotr D. - a former Internal Security Agency official who now works for the telecom Orange Polska, according to Poland's TVP Info, which first reported the story.

Chinese tech giant Huawei said Saturday it has fired an employee who was arrested in Poland on spying charges.

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

The company is a leader in the development of next-generation "5G" mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe but some countries are starting to reconsider using Huawei's equipment over data security concerns.

Huawei has repeatedly dismissed claims that it is a Beijing tool, with company officials noting that it is an independent entity and has never been implicated in any spy rings - until now.

Poland's cyber-security chief, Karol Okonski, told RMF Radio that ideally the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would be "as consistent as possible" on Huawei.

Bowater said he was aware of the situation in Poland, but it appeared the individuals' actions had no relation to the company.

Poland's counterintelligence agency is believed to have searched Huawei's Poland headquarters, a local Orange branch, and the houses of both suspects.

"Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based", a Huawei spokesperson told TechRadar Pro.

China's Foreign Ministry reportedly said Wang's detention is highly concerning.

The accusations adds a new front for Huawei, as it battles allegations that its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou conspired to defraud banks to unwittingly clear transactions linked to Iran, in violation of U.S. sanctions.

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

Polish officials have not charged Huawei with wrongdoing concerning Wang's case. She has been released on bail, but faces a lengthy legal fight over extradition to the United States. That makes Huawei the second largest smartphone vendor in Poland.

Australia and New Zealand banned Huawei equipment from the planned 5G networks of carriers in the countries, and the head of British spy agency MI6 said last month the government needs to decide whether to ban the company.

They were detained by Poland's Internal Security Agency, TVP Info reported.

The executive, Scott Bradley, disclosed in a post on LinkedIn that he has resigned as the senior vice president of the corporate affairs at Huawei Canada, but did not disclose the specific reasons.

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