Poland ar­rests two in Huawei spy­ing row

The Independent on Saturday - - WORLD -

WARSAW: Poland has ar­rested a Chi­nese em­ployee of Huawei and a Pol­ish na­tional in­volved in cy­ber busi­ness on al­le­ga­tions of spy­ing, Pol­ish me­dia re­ported yes­ter­day, deep­en­ing the con­tro­versy over Western crit­i­cism of the Chi­nese tele­coms equip­ment maker.

US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies al­lege Huawei is linked to China’s gov­ern­ment and that its equip­ment could con­tain “back­doors” for use by gov­ern­ment spies.

No ev­i­dence has been pro­duced pub­licly and the firm has re­peat­edly de­nied the claims. But the crit­i­cism has led sev­eral Western coun­tries and com­pa­nies to look into whether they should al­low Huawei’s equip­ment to be used in their tele­coms net­works.

“We are aware of the sit­u­a­tion, and we are look­ing into it. We have no com­ment for the time be­ing,” Huawei said in a state­ment.

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