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Polish authorities: 'NSA did not spy on us'

10th January 2014
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Representatives of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Intelligence Agency and Military Intelligence have assured a parliamentary committee that the USA did not bug Polish officials as part of its PRISM program.

The move comes after whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was regularly eavesdropping on European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Polish politicians have not been under scrutiny by the program, the MPs heard. “American agencies have handed over official documents which inform that such activity did not take place,” said a member of the committee, Stanisław Wziątek from the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD).

Head of the committee, Elżbieta Radziszewska from the ruling Civic Platform (PO) added however, that “it can’t be ruled out that other intelligence agencies in Europe and the world are not undertaking such activity.”

Nevertheless, opposition MP Marek Opioła from Law and Justice (PiS) remained skeptical, saying that official declarations from foreign intelligence services are always the same. “Whether this is true we will never know, no intelligence agency is going to officially admit undertaking such activity,” he said.

The committee on special services is to reconvene in three months’ time, and will hear from all heads of Poland's intelligence services.

Poland A.M.

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