Warsaw confirms this: a Chinese businessman and a Polish computer expert were arrested in Poland on suspicion of spying. Polish media reports that the Chinese suspect was a local leader of telecom giant Huawei. The Polish suspect would work for him on behalf of the French group Orange. The ministry coordinating the special services suspects the two men of " acting on behalf of the Chinese services and to the detriment of Poland ".
The arrested Polish had in the past worked for state institutions, says the ministry. According to several media, he is an expert in computer security, former officer of the Internal Security Agency and currently adviser to the Polish subsidiary of Orange. The French group is testing the deployment of the 5G network in Poland together with the Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
Huawei, whose director of the Polish subsidiary would be the second suspect, according to public television. The company merely confirmed that it " looks closely " at this information. For its part, Beijing says " very concerned " and calls Warsaw to guarantee the rights of the suspect.
The case falls to the worst for Huawei already blacklisted in the United States, Australia and Japan for suspicion of espionage. In Canada, the arrest of the daughter of the founder of Huawei made noise last December. She is suspected of circumventing US sanctions against Iran. As a result of this case, 13 Canadians were detained in China - among them ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig , still imprisoned.