The story gets interesting since the Polish national is a former agent of Poland’s internal security agency.
On Friday, in a development that yet again points the finger of accusations at Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Poland has arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei as well as a Polish national on allegations of espionage.
According to TVP, a Polish public TV channel, Poland’s security services had searched the local offices of Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd as well as the Polish offices of Orange.
Neither Huawei nor Orange immediately responded for requests for comment.
The arrests comes in the wake of Canadian authorities arresting Huawei top executive, Meng Wanzhou, at the behest of U.S. authorities as part of an investigation into alleged violations of U.S. trade sanctions.
U.S. intelligence agencies have alleged that equipment from Huawei, which is linked to the Chinese government, could contain “backdoors” which could be used by Chinese intelligence.
Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims.
Many countries, including the United States, Australia, Germany, and New Zealand have barred Huawei from participating in setting up their future telecom network.
“The Chinese national is a businessman working in a major electronics company … the Pole is a person known in circles associated with cyber business,” said Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland’s special services.
Incidentally, the Polish national was a former agent of Poland’s internal security agency.