Polish FM: organized crime group behind tape leak

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FILE- In this Thursday, March 20, 2013 file photo, Poland’s Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski delivers his policy speech to lawmakers, in Warsaw, Poland. A Polish magazine said Sunday, June 22, 2014, it has obtained recordings of a private conversation in which Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski says the country's strong alliance with the U.S. "isn't worth anything" and is "even harmful because it creates a false sense of security." In a short transcript of the conversation, a person identified as Sikorski by the magazine Wprost tells former finance minister, Jacek Rostowski, that Poles naively believe the U.S. bolsters their security. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign minister Radek Sikorski says an organized crime group is behind the leaked secret recordings of private conversations of him and other officials that have plunged the government into a crisis.

The magazine Wprost on Sunday published a transcript of a conversation in which Sikorski allegedly says Poland's alliance with the U.S. is worthless and "even harmful because it creates a false sense of security."

Sikorski didn't deny making the remarks and didn't offer proof for his claim organized crime is behind the recordings, but said he hopes that the perpetrators will be identified and punished soon.

A week ago Wprost also released a conversation in which the central bank head appears to offer help to the governing party in winning re-election, an apparent violation of the bank's independence.

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