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Russia hacked, cast, leaked govt emails

WARSAW, Poland: Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has accused Russian and Belarusian of having broken into Polish government computer systems and forged, then leaked emails allegedly exposing his administration’s links with the judiciary.

The leaks were described as punishment for Warsaw’s support for Ukraine after Russia’s invasion, and were aimed at sowing discord in Poland, he said.

In emails dating from 2019 published by the Polish press this week, Morawiecki’s top aide, Michal Dworczyk, allegedly informed him that he discussed some court cases with a person described as “chairwoman” Julia P., and that the cases were later suspended.

“Julia P.” has been rumored to be Julia Przylebska, head of Poland’s controversial Constitutional Tribunal, who was appointed by Morawiecki’s ruling party.

Under her leadership, the court has been issuing verdicts favorable to Polish government policies, especially in disputes with the European Union.

In response, Przylebska said she has “never discussed any verdicts of the Constitutional Tribunal with anyone, apart from debates among the tribunal’s judges,” adding that she would not be intimidated by any “Russian provocateurs.”

While government influence on judges is against Poland’s constitution, Morawiecki’s right-wing government is at odds with the EU concerning alleged violations of judicial independence and the rule of law. Poland has been fined over a government agency disciplining judges.

The government has denied the authenticity of the emails that allegedly came from Morawiecki and Dworczyk, but some people named in the documents have said they are genuine.

Prosecutors are investigating the leaks.

While accusing Russia of stealing Polish government emails, Morawiecki claimed that the latest leaks were false.

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