Huawei employee arrested over alleged spying

CNET | 1/11/2019 | Sean Keane
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Huawei had a presence at CES, but one of its employees was arrested in Poland while the show was going on.

Poland arrested a Huawei employee and a former Polish security agent for allegedly spying for China.

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The Huawei employee is a Chinese national and the company's sales director for public-sector clients in Poland, while the former agent is a Pole who worked for Orange Polska, the local branch of a French telecom, Polish TV broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) reported.

The pair was arrested by the country's Internal Security Agency on Tuesday and hit with espionage charges, according to a release from the agency. They'll both remain in custody for at least three months.

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They were named as Weijing W. and Piotr D. in the agency release.

Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement given to CNBC, the company said it was "aware of the situation" and looking into it. Huawei also told CNBC that it "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."

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Orange Polska said it handed over one employee's belongings to authorities.

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