Poland Huawei Director Arrested on Suspicion of Espionage for China
On Tuesday, the Internal Security Agency detained former officer of the Polish agency, Piotr D. and Chinese Weijing W., suspected of cooperating with the Chinese intelligence. Information was given on Friday.
The Internal Security Agency detained two people suspected of spying for China. One of them is Weijing W., one of the directors of the Polish branch of Huawei, the other – Piotr D., a former officer of the Internal Security Agency, and recently an employee of Orange.
Both suspects were detained on Tuesday, 8 January, in their homes on the basis of a detention order issued by the Mazovian department of Poland for organized crime of the National Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Both Weijing W. and Piotr D were arrested – the decision to arrest was issued two days later by the District Court in Warsaw. They were charged with art. 130 para. 1, which speaks of espionage against Poland. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
As reported by TVP Info, officers of the Internal Security Agency also secured documents and electronic data at the offices of Huawei and Orange.
Who is Weijing W?
Weijing W. uses the Polish name Stanislaw. He graduated from Polish Studies at the Beijing University of Foreign Studies, widely recognized as the forge of Chinese diplomacy and intelligence staff. From 2006, he worked at the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Gdańsk.
In 2011, he moved to Huawei, where his duties included PR and contacts with diplomatic missions. In 2017, he became the sales director of Huawei, responsible for sales in the public sector.
The Huawei concern has issued a brief message in connection with the detention of its employee, in which he assures that “he is aware of the situation and is watching it on an ongoing basis.”
“We do not comment on this matter yet. Huawei adheres to all applicable laws and regulations in the countries in which it operates. In addition, Huawei company requires that each and every employee comply with legal provisions and rules in force in the countries in which the company has branches,” the statement reads.
On the other hand, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “deep concern” and called for respect for the rights of its citizen (W., as having no diplomatic immunity, he will be detained for a minimum of three months).
Who is Piotr D?
Piotr D. is a former officer of the Internal Security Agency, from where he left in 2011 in the rank of captain in the aura of a person associated with a corruption scandal in government IT tenders, so-called infoaferą, revealed in the same year. He was not formally charged with charges.
As a counterintelligence worker, he was deputy director of the Department of Teleinformatic Security and adviser to the then head of the Internal Security Agency, General Krzysztof Bondaryk. He had access to Government Communication Networks, a special internal system of confidential communication of information to the most important persons in the country, and his department was subject to CERT.gov, a government team of cybersecurity specialists monitoring government computers.
After leaving the Agency, he worked among others in the Office of Electronic Communications, where he headed the Control Department, and in Orange. There, according to Orange’s assurances, he did not perform any managerial functions.
Beijing “very worried”
Beijing is very concerned by the reports of the arrest in Poland on suspicion of espionage of an employee of the Chinese communications company Huawei.
In response, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on Poland to guarantee the rights of the arrested person and to deal with the matter “in accordance with the law.”
“China is very concerned about this matter, we demand from this country that it should handle the matter legally and in an impartial manner and fully guarantee the person concerned (proceedings) its rights and interests,” reads the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted in turn by the agency AFP.
Huawei’s troubles continued
Huawei has not had a good run lately, precisely in connection with allegations of cooperation with the authorities and the PRC intelligence. In December 2018, the company protested loudly when the Czech National Office for Cybernetic and Information Security ordered the withdrawal from use of Huawei equipment (and by the way and ZTE) from public administration.
In the opinion of NUKIB experts, the products of these companies may contain backdoors, gaps that can be used to steal confidential information stored on the device or sent through it.