First it was US' Victoria Nuland's "fuck Europe" leaked recording; then Turkey's Erdogan faced embarrassing details of a false-flag war with Syria from leaked recordings; then last week's Polish central bank was exposed (by leaked recordings) as offering support for the government in return for favors (crashing any faith in central bank independence); and then this weekend, Poland's foreign minister had some rather colorful language and perspective exposed (by leaked recordings). The Polish Zloty has been hammered lower in the last few days since the events broke (though clear CB intervention has rescued it today) and the Polish Prime Minister is fuming: the "criminal group" that taped public officials has the sole aim of destabilizing Poland during “key moment” as EU reshapes itself amid Ukraine crisis, Tusk blasted, adding (rather pointedly), "people who have organized criminal eavesdropping will not dictate to Poland who governs the country and which ministers are to be dismissed." One wonders who he is talking about; who has the technical know-how and organization to arrange such mass eavesdropping?
The Zloty has been significantly affected... (weakening on the leaked recordings and strengthening notably gap-like today after Tusk vowed consequences).
As Bloomberg reports,
- TUSK: THOSE HOLDING TAPES MUST RECKON WITH LEGAL CONSEQUENCES
- TUSK SAYS WON’T PUNISH POLITICIANS FOR PRIVATE COMMENTS
- TUSK SAYS HOLDING TAPES EXPOSES POLAND TO BLACKMAIL
- TUSK SAYS POLAND WON'T YIELD TO BLACKMAIL
- TUSK SAYS EAVESDROPPERS WON'T DICTATE TO POLAND
- TUSK SAYS POLAND HAS COMMON INTEREST IN IDENTIFYING GROUP
- TUSK SAYS AIM TO PARALYZE POLAND IN KEY MOMENT FOR EU, UKRAINE
- TUSK SAYS SEQUENCE OF EVENTS SHOWS PLAN TO PARALYZE GOVT
- TUSK SAYS STRONG POLAND KEY TO EU ARCHITECTURE, UKRAINE
- TUSK SAYS ORGANIZED CRIMINAL GROUP AIMS TO DESTABILIZE POLAND
- TUSK SAYS POLAND DEALING WITH POLITICAL CRISIS
“Criminal group” that taped public officials has sole aim of destablizing Poland during “key moment” as EU reshapes itself amid Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Donald Tusk says today in Gdansk.
“It appears the sequence of events is planned, not spontaneous, with the prupose of paralyzing the entire govt and not just one minister”
Effect of tape scandal is “destabilizing government at crucial moment in terms of what’s happening in the East and in Brussels”
“I want to emphasize that people who have organized criminal eavesdropping will not dictate to Poland who governs the country and which ministers are to be dimissed”
“I won’t punish politicians whose one mistake was to use crude language in private conversations”
There’s a distinction between “aesthetics or even embarassing behavior and breaking the law”
Vows to take steps to make sure all recordings come to light
Those who applaud these events are “shortsighted” because “there’s no doubt the organizers of this surveillance have materials on every side” of political spectrum
Poland’s “common interest” is to identify this group
Who would benefit the most from instability among NATO's members?
One wonders which FX pair the KGB will go after next?