Listening devices discovered in Polish government meeting room

Listening devices discovered in Polish government meeting room

Security services discovered listening devices in a room where the Polish government is due to hold a special meeting today.

While the cabinet normally meets in the capital Warsaw, it will meet today in Katowice, a southern city where Prime Minister Donald Tusk is separately scheduled to deliver a speech to the European Economic Congress (EEC) alongside the president of the European Commission. Ursula von der Leyen.

This morning, the spokesperson for the Polish security services, Jacek Dobrzyński, announced that the State Protection Service (SOP) had “detected and dismantled devices that could be used for spying in the room” of the provincial administrative office of Silesia where the cabinet would meet.

“The services are carrying out other activities in this area,” Dobrzyński added, without providing details on the number or nature of the devices discovered.

In an interview with the Onet news site, Dobrzyński said the devices were discovered during a “standard search” that takes place whenever senior officials hold meetings.

He added that an investigation would now seek to “explain who installed these devices, to whom and what they were intended to be used for”. SOP spokesperson Bogusław Piórkowski told Onet that the devices had been handed over to the Internal Security Agency (ABW).

Tusk is scheduled to speak at the EEC at 10 a.m. before attending the cabinet meeting at noon. He and his ministers will discuss, among other things, the draft laws on energy checks and electronic communications, Maciej Berek, head of the government’s standing committee, announced on Monday.

Speaking to the Polish Press Agency (PAP), von der Leyen said she and Tusk would use their speeches at the EEC to announce their intention to “build a coalition for a strong Europe…capable of defending itself” , notably through a “European defense system”. union”.

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