Polish PM’s aide, target of hacked emails, resigns

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish prime minister’s chief of staff, whose emails were hacked and published for many months, resigned on Friday.

Michal Dworczyk and other members of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s government said they believed the hack was part of a Russian disinformation campaign by Russian and Belarusian secret services.

Dworczyk said he was resigning for personal reasons and because he felt he could not work in the position as effectively as before. He had held the position for five years.

Hackers broke into a private email account that Dworczyk used for state business. Since last year, they started posting his private messages.

Morawiecki criticized the media that published the messages, saying they had fallen into a trap set by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A leaked message appeared to show the government was discussing cases pending before the constitutional court with its chief justice, an apparent breach of judicial independence.

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