Huawei Exec Arrested For Spying
Huawei’s legal troubles in the west continue with the latest news that one of their sales executives has been arrested in Poland on suspicion of espionage.
Huawei’s sales director in Poland, Wang Weijing, was arrested by Polish counter-intelligence authorities on suspicion of espionage, along with a former Polish intelligence agent.
The deputy head of Poland’s special services, Maciej Wasik, said the Polish individual had access to Poland’s secure internal communications systems while he worked at Poland’s internal security agency, the ABW.
Following the news of the arrests, The Guardian reports that Huawei has dismissed Weijing.
This is just the latest development in the ongoing fears that if Huawei equipment is used to build a country’s 5G infrastructure, it could potentially be used to spy on foreign nationals.
European governments, UK, Japan, Australia, the US, and New Zealand, have banned the Chinese company from launching a 5G network citing cyber security concerns. Last week, Norway revealed it is also considering joining the global ban.
Huawei maintains that it is an independent company and is not influenced or directed by the Chinese government to spy on foreign individuals and has asked countries to provide proof that they are a threat.
Huawei has stated numerous times that it complies “with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates” and requires their employees to do the same.
As they are fired Weijing, that only lends credence to the allegations made against him.
In December Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou — and daughter of Huawei CEO — was arrested in Canada on behalf of the United States government charged with committing fraud in order to circumvent US-Iran sanctions and has since been released on bail.