Huawei fires em­ployee ac­cused of spy­ing for China

U.S. panel de­clared com­pany se­cu­rity risk back in 2012

Albany Times Union (Sunday) - - NATION / WORLD - Bei­jing

Chi­nese tech gi­ant Huawei said Satur­day it has fired an em­ployee who was ar­rested in Poland on spy­ing charges.

The al­le­ga­tions against Wang Wei­jing “have no re­la­tion to the com­pany,” Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Ltd. said in a state­ment. It said Wang was fired be­cause the in­ci­dent “brought Huawei into dis­re­pute,” a vi­o­la­tion of his con­tract.

Pol­ish au­thor­i­ties an­nounced Fri­day that a Huawei di­rec­tor and a Pol­ish cy­ber­se­cu­rity ex­pert were ac­cused of car­ry­ing out “es­pi­onage against Poland.”

Huawei, the big­gest maker of tele­com net­work equip­ment, faces ac­cu­sa­tions by the United States and some other gov­ern­ments that it might be a se­cu­rity risk. Wash­ing­ton has im­posed curbs on use of Huawei tech­nol­ogy and is pres­sur­ing al­lies to avoid the com­pany.

Huawei has de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions it is con­trolled by China’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party or fa­cil­i­tates spy­ing.

Pol­ish au­thor­i­ties gave no de­tails about what the Huawei em­ployee, iden­ti­fied as Wei­jing W., and the Pole, Piotr D., were ac­cused of do­ing. Pol­ish state TV re­ported both have de­clared them­selves in­no­cent.

Pol­ish TV re­ported the Chi­nese sus­pect was a for­mer diplo­mat.

Huawei com­plies with “all ap­pli­ca­ble laws” in coun­tries where it op­er­ates and re­quires em­ploy­ees to obey them too, said the com­pany state­ment.

Con­tro­versy over se­cu­rity threat­ens to dis­rupt Huawei’s ef­fort to sell its next-gen­er­a­tion tele­coms tech­nol­ogy abroad. The com­pany is a leader in de­vel­op­ing such “5G” sys­tems.

Huawei’s U.S. mar­ket dried up after a con­gres­sional panel said in 2012 the com­pany and its smaller Chi­nese ri­val ZTE Corp. were po­ten­tial se­cu­rity risks and told phone com­pa­nies to avoid us­ing their tech­nol­ogy.

Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Tai­wan and Ja­pan have im­posed curbs on use of Huawei tech­nol­ogy.

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