At the end of November, the “lex Tusk” commission, whose members had already been dismissed by the Sejm, published an interim report. As reported by OKO.press, in a report that appeared on the website of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, two Ukrainian officers were mistakenly identified as officers of the Russian FSB. “It was only the next day that it was realized that there had been a compromising mistake, and a corrected version of the report was secretly posted on the website of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister,” the portal writes. He adds that in an even earlier version – also made public, although not on the website of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister – the names of a Croatian and a Slovak appeared. The former chairman of the committee, Sławomir Cenckiewicz, commented on the matter.
The majority in the Sejm dismissed on November 29 members of the commission to investigate Russian influence, known as “lex Tusk”: director of the Military Historical Office, most recently the author of a series attacking Donald Tusk on government television, Sławomir Cenckiewicz, advisor to the president, prof. Andrzej Zybertowicz, chairman of the Security and Defense Council under the president, prof. Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski, Łukasz Ciegotura, Michał Wojnowski, Marek Szymaniak, Arkadiusz Puławski and Brigadier General Andrzej Kowalski.
Earlier in the day, the committee presented an interim report on three months of its work. The Commission, among others, recommends that Donald Tusk, Jacek Cichocki, Bogdan Klich, Tomasz Siemoniak, Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz should not be entrusted with public positions responsible for state security.
The names of the Ukrainians, the Slovak and the Croatian are in the attached list
One of the main theses of this study was to prove the contacts of the SKW with the Russian FSB. In its Sunday text, “Newsweek” pointed out that “while reporting on 107 meetings of the SKW management with representatives of the FSB, the authors of the report on Russian influence in Poland attached a list of guests, among whom, apart from Russians and Belarusians, there are also our allies from Slovakia, Croatia and Ukraine”.
As “Newsweek” writes, to confirm its thesis, “as one of the attachments to the report, the lex Tusk commission placed on the Internet the document ‘Anonymized extract from the ‘Report on the inspection activities carried out in the field of selected aspects of the functioning of certain organizational units of the military counterintelligence service in 2007 -2015′”. A list of foreigners’ entry to the SKW headquarters is also attached, called “Foreign Guests 2011-2014”. It was there – the weekly reported – that in addition to the names of officers from Russia and Belarus, there were also the names of officers of four other nationalities: a Slovak, two Ukrainians and a Croatian.
General Piotr Pytel, former head of the SKW, estimates in an interview with “Newsweek” that “the publication of the names proves that the SKW records and possible witness statements do not confirm the alleged visits of FSB representatives in the number given by the authors of the report.” At the same time, it emphasizes that “disclosing personal data of foreigners who have business contact with the military counterintelligence of another country may, among other things, affect the further course of their career.”
OKO.press: the names of Ukrainians were also included in the commission’s report, but then they disappeared
In turn, the OKO.press portal reported on Monday that the names of Ukrainians were included not only in the document with the list of foreign guests of the Military Counterintelligence Service, i.e. the attachment described above, but also in the main part of the report, published on the website of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister on November 29 late in the evening. “Among the officers of the Russian FSB counterintelligence and employees of the Russian embassy mentioned in this material, who were supposed to maintain contacts with the SKW officers, there are the names of two Ukrainians: Sergei Yaculchak and Vyacheslaw Kolotov. Both of them served as attachés at the Ukrainian embassy during the analyzed period,” the portal writes. As we read, “it was only the next day that it was realized that there had been a compromising mistake, and a corrected version of the report was secretly posted on the website of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.” “The changes in the official document were not announced anywhere, no annotations were made in the report, a different version was simply suspended on the website,” notes OKO.press. He adds that Ukrainians “were mentioned in the report only because they were previously mentioned in the SKW post-audit report among foreign guests visiting the SKW headquarters,” i.e. in the above-mentioned appendix.
“This embarrassing error not only ridicules the entire findings of the commission investigating Russian influence, but is also a big diplomatic problem,” comments OKO.press.
OKO.press also writes about the third version of the report, the editing of which was completed “the earliest of all the analyzed files” and which was “distributed among right-wing media.”
“An analysis of this material shows that the report originally included the names not only of the above-mentioned Ukrainian diplomats,” but of “General Jozef Viktorin, a Slovak who served as defense attache of the Slovak embassy, and Croatian Lieutenant Commander Andrijia Ljulij, attache of the Croatian embassy,” both erroneously “assigned to Russian counterintelligence”. As we read, this version “was probably changed before publication, but after it was sent to right-wing media.”
Translations by Sławomir Cenckiewicz
Sławomir Cenckiewicz commented on the matter in an extensive post on social media.
He assured that “the signed final report of the Commission of November 29, 2023 does not contain any errors regarding the officers’ personal details (regardless of this, it does not constitute classified information).” He added that “the report was adopted in a vote by all members of the Commission” and “the annex to the Commission’s report, in which several officers of foreign services appeared, comes from the SKW audit material from 2016.”
He admitted that “the online version of the report published on the website of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister on November 29 contained repeated errors and was corrected on the same day.” He also added that “the interrogation protocols attached to the report were declassified by the decision of the prosecutor’s office (although not in full, as indicated in the documents).”
At the same time, he said that “the commission does not have the authority to remove clauses”, “only public documents were used in the publication of the report”, and “the final version of the report and all Commission documents are submitted to the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.”
Newsweek, Wyborcza.pl, OKO. press, Onet
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