Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Newspaper report unmasks Polish 007

From: The Australian and Times online
Weronika Marczuk-Pazura says the agent set her up
THE name is K - Tomek K. It may not trip off the tongue but in all other respects Poland's equivalent of James Bond qualifies as the suavest undercover agent in Eastern Europe.

He drives a Porsche, rides a Harley-Davidson, wears Armani suits, flashes expensive dental work and seduces women in the line of duty - and has just had his cover blown by newspapers.

The 33-year-old agent, who uses multiple pseudonyms, is the most energetic operative for the controversial Anti-Corruption Agency. But now the publication of the agent's leaked details - his pseudonyms have included Tomasz Malecki and Tom Piotrowski - and a blurred photograph has put his life in danger, his former boss says.

In his most recent coup, a star in a Polish television dance show was allegedly caught out for her role as a go-between in a bribery deal. Weronika Marczuk-Pazura, a curvaceous blonde in the Bond girl tradition, has claimed she was set up by the man known as Agent Tomek. "His eyes were heavy with passion as he tried to seduce me," she said, admitting she took him to meet her parents.

Last year, Polish radio reported, the same agent had an affair with Beata Sawicka, a politician from the Civic Platform group, while investigating her for allegedly accepting bribes in a corrupt land deal.

Agent Tomek also investigated Jolanta Kwasniewska and her husband Aleksander, the former president, on suspicion of not declaring their full income.

“This man is a highly professional and experienced officer who has been conducting special operations aimed at combating organised crime and drug trafficking,” said Mariusz Kaminski, his former boss at the CBA.

Agent Tomek, a former detective, had been chosen for his acting talents and later assigned to infiltrate the world of international drug dealing. "To appear credible, Tomek had to mirror the values of the social group that he was trying to penetrate," said Mariusz Kaminski, his former boss at the CBA, fending off criticism the agency subsidised Tomek K's extravagant lifestyle.

The revelations have also stoked a debate about the limits that should be set on anti-corruption investigations. Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister, dismissed Mr Kaminski last week, making plain that he thought the agency had become politically biased.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk dismissed Mr Kaminski last week, making plain that he thought the agency had become politically biased.

The CBA, set up by Lech Kaczynski, who is now President, has been digging into alleged discrepancies in the planned privatisation of the Gdynia and Szczecin shipyards. It has also been investigating how gaming operators have been lobbying politicians in the prelude to new gambling laws. Both cases could have discredited members of Mr Tusk’s administration and scuppered his chances of replacing Mr Kaczynski as president in elections next year.