Bugging Scandal: Do As We Say or Else...
June 25, 2014 By Zbigniew Sulewski
When it comes to all the fuss over top Polish politicians caught on tape, there’s something I’ve noticed that makes this situation different from previous wiretapping scandals in this country. The recordings have not only been made public, but this time we've been told there’s more where this came from.
The officials on the as-yet-unreleased recordings have even been identified and include Deputy Prime Minister Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Central Anti-Corruption Bureau chief Paweł Wojtunik, Minister Paweł Graś, central auditing office chief Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, and businessman Jan Kulczyk (though Kulczyk seems to be of least relevance here). That is why I suppose the blackmailers behind the recordings meant to send out the following message: “Do as we say or else we’ll release further recordings.”
The message is addressed either to these officials specifically or to somebody close to them, for example Prime Minister Donald Tusk. And to prove they are not bluffing, the blackmailers have made part of the recordings public. If I’m right, then the tapes we haven’t heard yet contain far more discrediting content than the conversation central bank chief Belka had with Interior Minister Sienkiewicz.
And what do the blackmailers want to achieve with their message? Probably some specific gains related to politics, the economy (for example, some kind of new legislation) or foreign policy. If we don’t hear any more recordings, then their demands will have probably been met. Another possibility is that the people behind the whole mess get caught and then no demands will have to be met anymore. But if we live a state that exists only in theory, as one of the aforementioned, eavesdropped officials notoriously claimed in private, this is only a theoretical option.