WARSAW, June 23 Poland's government said on
Monday it was under attack from a criminal conspiracy after a
magazine published a new round of secretly recorded
conversations that have embarrassed officials and left Prime
Minister Donald Tusk under pressure to quit.
The opposition has said the government should step down over
the recordings, which included the central bank chief discussing
ways to help the ruling party avoid election defeat, and the
foreign minister calling Polish-U.S. ties worthless.
Attention in Poland has also turned to who could have
carried out illegal surveillance on such a scale: the recordings
took place at at least two Warsaw restaurants over an extended
period and captured on tape more than a dozen officials,
politicians and company bosses.
"The government has come under attack from an organised
criminal group," Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said in
comments broadcasts by the TVN24 station.
"We don't know who is behind this, we are not sure about
that. It is being studied, I hope that the justice system will
establish the identity of these people and their masterminds,
that they will be identified and punished."
Excerpts from the secret recordings were published in the
weekly news magazine Wprost. The government has said that the
remarks of the officials who were secretly recorded were taken
out of context, and that they had not broken the law.
(Reporting by Adrian Krajewski; Writing by Christian Lowe;
Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)