Listening device found in government room

Listening device found in government room
Listening device found in government room

A device capable of being used for wiretapping was discovered in a room in Katowice, where the Polish government is to hold a meeting, Polish special services said on Tuesday.

The Polish government is due to meet during a trip to Katowice for an important economic congress. The services “detected and dismantled devices that could have been used to listen to conversations in the room where the Council of Ministers will meet today in Katowice,” said special services spokesperson Jacek Dobrzynski on the X service The installation could record both sound and video, he told TVN24 television.

“An investigation is underway. It is difficult to indicate whether these are devices which were installed years ago and which were not discovered earlier” or were installed currently, declared for his part the Minister of Defense Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz on TVN24 television.

Refusing to speculate on the possible origin of the installation, he stressed that it was discovered during a routine check carried out before each government meeting.

On Monday, the Polish prosecutor’s office announced that it had opened an investigation into espionage after a judge, Tomasz Szmydt, requested political asylum in Belarus. Considered close to the populist nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, which lost power late last year to the current pro-EU coalition, Szmydt said he chose to leave his native country due to a “political disagreement” with the current power and fearing being prosecuted in a “fabricated espionage case” in Poland.

The Polish secret service ABW explained in a statement on Monday that it had started a check “to verify the extent of the classified information to which the judge had access”. Poland has been a staunch ally of Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in 2022.

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