09h41 01/11/2019 | WorldChris White | Reporter of energy
Polish authorities have arrested and accused of espionage a Chinese government leader and a former Polish government official, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The arrest is a brutal blow to Chinese society. The news of the arrest of the executive comes amid speculation that Beijing would use Huawei to spy on US companies as they were building the next generation of mobile telecommunication networks. The executive, whose name is banned from the public, has pleaded not guilty to a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Authorities also arrested a former Polish government official on similar charges. This is the second time in two months that Huawei has been dealing with executives accused of crimes in foreign countries. Canada arrested the company's chief financial officer in early December on charges related to Iran's sanctions. "Huawei is aware of the situation and we are examining it," a spokesman for the company told reporters. Huawei has repeatedly rejected claims that it would be a Beijing tool. The company officials said that it was an independent entity and that it had never been involved in a spy ring, until it was an independent entity. ;now.
A paramilitary policeman passes in front of the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, China, on December 12, 2018. REUTERS / Thomas Peter
The Polish counterintelligence agency raided the local Huawei office and the home of the Chinese national, the Polish broadcaster reported on Friday. The executive has been identified as a graduate of one of China's top intelligence schools, the WSJ said. The arrest can only reinforce speculation that the mysterious company is acting on behalf of China. Canadian officials, at the request of US officials, arrested Huawei's chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou for lying to banks about Huawei's business in Iran. She denies the charges of violating US sanctions. At the same time, tensions between the United States and China are at their highest. (RELATED: Trump welcomes the emergence of trade tensions with China) The report was released a month after US President Donald Trump tweeted about the Chinese tariff dispute in an effort to calm the volatility of US markets. Follow Chris White on Facebook and Twitter Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available at no cost to any eligible news publisher that can provide a wide audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.