A Polish national has been arrested on charges of spying for Russia, PAP learnt on Thursday.
Declassified documents from Britain’s security service MI5 reveal the full extent to which the man dubbed the ‘silent hero of WWII’ helped bring about the success of the Allies’ Operation D-Day.
The highest-ranking intelligence officer in communist Poland to ever flee the country, Michał Goleniewski exposed more than 1,600 Soviet bloc intelligence officers, and agent handlers, including notorious MI6 mole George Blake, to his handlers in the West. Now, through exclusive access to declassified top secret documents, the story of his incredible life has finally been told in a new book published this week.
Sources say the officer may have committed suicide as after serving for 16 years after joining from the police force he was looking to be fired.
Bristling with security cameras and surrounded by a solid steel and marble fence with barbed wire, Sobieskiego 100 is just one of several buildings that is occupied by Russia following agreements signed between the People's Republic of Poland and the Soviet Union in the 1970s.
A Polish citizen, detained by Polish security agency on suspicion of spying for Russia, has pleaded guilty to the charge.
Internal Security Agency spokesman Stanisław Żaryn said the two suspects were also interacting with organised crime and that “the actions of the Russians are aimed at using information tools to attack Poland and carry out activities against the interests of the Republic of Poland.”
Researcher Tomasz Muskus discovered the spy base had been located inside a prestigious English boys’ school in Hammersmith, west London, after his interest was piqued by a documentary about Poland’s WWII military spy boss Colonel Stanisław Gano.
Investigators from the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) and the Internal Security Agency (ABW) raided the property of the former high ranking officer in Poland’s communist-era security service where they found files detailing the activities of communist-era agents operating overseas.
Documents reveal that a spy called James Bond worked at the British Embassy in Warsaw in 1960s.