Orange confirmed an investigation by Polish authorities had taken place and was ongoing. The company’s Polish subsidiary said it handed over the belongings of a male employee as a result of “actions” taken by the security services but that it had “no knowledge if there is any relation of these actions to his professional duties.”
“The Group is following the development of this investigation with interest and will fully-cooperate with any requests for information from the relevant authorities,” an Orange spokesperson said. “At this stage, Orange does not have any further information regarding the investigation and cannot make any further comment.”
The spokesperson added: “The Group will take all necessary measures to protect its interests, and in particular those of its Polish subsidiary and its customers, while ensuring that all due respect is taken with regards to the presumption of innocence.”
Poland’s minister for special services identified the two arrested men as Weijing W., a Chinese national “linked to a Chinese telecommunications company” and Piotr D., “a former public officer.” Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for the minister, said the full names of the men could not be published in the media under Polish law.
“The evidence gathered by the National Security Agency shows that both men carried out an espionage activity against Poland,” he said in a statement.
“As part of the ongoing investigation, the officers of the Agency have taken the following necessary investigative steps: searches in the suspects’ places of residence and evidence preservation.”
The two men could serve 10 years in prison if convicted under the espionage charges. Both men will be held for a period of three months.