TORONTO—A senior executive with Huawei Canada is leaving his post after working for more than seven years for the Chinese telecom giant, which is facing increasing scrutiny over its close ties to Beijing.
Scott Bradley, who was Huawei Canada’s senior vice president for corporate affairs, indicated in a LinkedIn post that he no longer holds that position. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comments.
Huawei, founded by Ren Zhengfei, a former officer with China’s People’s Liberation Army, has been cited as a security risk in intelligence circles due to its close ties with the Chinese communist regime, with Western intelligence officials raising concerns that the company’s equipment can be used by Beijing for espionage.
The company is also at the center of a diplomatic spat between China and Canada, as its chief financial officer and Ren’s daughter, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on an extradition request from the United States. Following Meng’s arrest, China warned Canada of “grave consequences,” and has detained two Canadians on charges of endangering national security.
In a previous interview with The Epoch Times, Bradley denied that Huawei is connected to the Chinese regime.
Huawei Espionage Concerns
On Jan. 11, Reuters reported that Polish officials have arrested a Huawei employee and a former Polish security official on spying allegations.
Last year, the newspaper The Australian reported that officials in Australia have received reports about Chinese spies using Huawei to infiltrate a “foreign network.”
The majority of Canada’s allies in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance have banned the Chinese company from their emerging 5G networks, the next evolution in internet technology.
Serving As Adviser
Bradley served as a key spokesperson for Huawei Canada, which is a major supplier for Canada’s major telecom companies.
Going forward, he will serve as special adviser to the company, assisting the company “as required,” Huawei Canada President Eric Li said in a memo to staff that was obtained by Reuters.
“We are saddened to see him leave but grateful for the tireless work he has put in to help us grow our brand and public image, and build various relationships with government,” Li said.
Bradley ran as a Liberal candidate in 2011 general election, but was defeated.