[ View the story "Polish authorities raid magazine office over leaked recordings" on Storify] Polish authorities raid magazine office over leaked recordings Search of Wprost magazine sweeps Poland's social media as editor fends off law enforcement attempts to seize files.
The Stream· Thu, Jun 19 2014 17:46:50
@MACAZTEK: How weak are our agents that a couple of them can't wrangle a MacBook Pro from the arms of a brave and red Latkowski.
Below is video being shared showing security agents trying to seize the laptop from Latkowski:
Agenci ABW próbują obezwładnić Sylwestra Latkowskiegoawrwprost
Following the searching of his magazine's office, Latkowski
The ABW officer Czechowicz was breaking my fingers with the assistance of prosecutors. Do you allow this Mr. Attorney General?
Funkcjonariusz ABW Czechowicz wyłamywał mi palce, przy asyście prokuratorów.. Panie Seremet, na to pan pozwala?Latkowski Sylwester
One reporter for Wprost tweeted that the agents forgot their briefcase at the scene.
@MPienKowski: The only trace [of the agents] is a briefcase. #professionalism
Latkowski's hold on his laptop quickly became a meme on Polish social media. Some used the hashtag #ABWweWprost ('ABW versus Wprost') to describe the faceoff between ABW intelligence forces and Wprost magazine staff. The picture below shows Latkowski clutching a MacBook Pro with the image reading:
You simply cannot believe how secure your computer can be.
This image reads, "Mac vs. ABW [intelligence forces] - score, 1:0"
This image reads, "
Did you take the briefcase?", with the man on the right responding, " What briefcase?"
Following the raid, some Poles expressed concerns over the the corruption allegations in the leaked conversation and the government's response.
@MateoPoznan: Prosecutor Seremet: "Everything was OK. " Prime Minister Tusk: "Everything was OK." Reporters, lawyers, public opinion, opposition and generally everybody else: "Nothing is OK."
#Seremet: Wszystko było ok. #Tusk: Wszystko było ok. Dziennikarze, prawnicy, opinia publiczna, opozycja, generalnie wszyscy: Nic nie jest okMateoPoznan
@TomaszKalita: Those that say nothing happened piss me off because this looks like one giant pressuring of the media.
Wkurzają mnie Ci, którzy mówią, że nic się nie stało. To wygląda jak jeden wielki nacisk na media. #ABWweWprostTomasz Kalita
@GFratcak: Well that's it then…25 years of freedom was enough.
No to by było na tyle... 25 lat wolności i wystarczy. #ABWweWprostGrzegorz Frątczak
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk addressed the press on Thursday
, "It may happen that the only solution will be earlier elections if the crisis in confidence is so deep".