Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'

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

Poland said Friday it had arrested a Chinese telecoms executive suspected of spying for China, with local media identifying him as a Huawei director.

Orange Polska said in a statement the security agency had on Tuesday gathered materials related to an employee, whom it did not identify.

Polish authorities have reportedly arrested Huawei's sales director and an ex-security agency staffer on allegations of spying.

United States intelligence agencies allege that Huawei is linked to China's government and that "backdoors" built into its technology could be exploited by government spy agencies.

No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the claims. 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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Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on December 1 in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

Spying, and working in concert with the Chinese government, are the two chief allegations several Western nations are leveling against Huawei, which recently overtook Apple as the world's second-largest smartphone manufacturer.

Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland's special services.

The arrested pair will be held for three months, PAP reported, quoting a spokesperson for Polish security services.

Polish media outlets said the Polish suspect is thought to be a former agent for Poland's ABW counter-intelligence service who is now working as a cyber-security consultant for the Polish branch of French mobile phone provider Orange.

A Huawei representative said the company was looking into the matter. The agency did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

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