Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland for espionage
Huawei building in Warsaw, Poland. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Chinese telecom giant Huawei has fired a local sales director arrested in Poland on charges of spying, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: Huawei likely recognized that the arrest would intensify Western scrutiny of the company's relationship with the Chinese government, and said in a statement that the employee's "alleged actions have no relation to the company” in an attempt to distance itself from the incident. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada last month for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.
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