'Chinese, Polish nationals' arrested in Poland for 'spying'

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Polish authorities said Friday they have arrested Wang, a Chinese citizen and former diplomat, along with a Polish cybersecurity expert who had held several top government cybersecurity jobs and also worked at the telecom company Orange.

The two men were arrested Tuesday, according to Poland's Internal Security Agency.

Poland's Internal Security Agency has detained a high-ranking employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei on suspicions of spying for China. They took "documents and electronic data" from Huawei's office, said The Wall Street Journal. Just $5 a month.

Norway came out against Huawei on Wednesday (9 December), as Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara disclosed that the country is considering excluding the Chinese firm from investing in the next generation of mobile communications (5G).

"We are saddened to see him leave but grateful for the tireless work he has put in to help us grow our brand and public image, and build various relationships with government", Huawei Canada president Eric Li said in a memo to staff obtained by Reuters.

News of the executive's arrest comes amid speculation that Beijing is using Huawei to spy on USA companies as they build out the world's next generation of mobile-telecom networks.

Yesterday, we reported that two Huawei employees have been arrested in Poland over allegations of espionage.

Brudzinski said Poland wanted to continue cooperating with China but that a discussion was needed on whether to exclude Huawei from some markets. Further indictments are expected, he said.

"It's not the beginning of this case but it's also not the end", he said. If found guilty they could face 10 years in jail.

China said on Friday it was "greatly concerned" over reports that a Chinese Huawei employee had been arrested in Poland on allegations of spying, amid growing controversy in Western nations over the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.

A Polish man was also arrested for alleged espionage along with Wang on Tuesday.

A LinkedIn profile for a man named Stanislaw Wang appears to match details of the man described by Polish television.

He is a graduate of the Beijing University of Foreign Studies.

Along with the Chinese national, whose name has been reported as Weijinga W., the Polish counterintelligence service, the Internal Security Agency (ABW), arrested Polish national Piotr D., the ABW's own former employee, Polish broadcaster TVP reports.

Huawei, on the other hand, said that it's aware of the situation but denies comments for now.

The arrest comes just over a month after Canada detained Meng on a United States extradition request, a move that infuriated China, which warned Canada of "serious consequences".

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