The name is K — Tomek K.
It does not exactly trip off the tongue but in all other respects Poland’s equivalent of James Bond qualifies for the title of suavest undercover agent in Eastern Europe.
He drives a Porsche Cayenne, rides a Harley-Davidson, wears Armani suits, flaunts platinum credit cards, flashes expensive dental work and seduces women in the line of duty — and has just had his cover blown by Polish newspapers.
The 33-year-old agent, who uses multiple pseudonyms, is the most energetic operative for the country’s controversial Anti-Corruption Agency (CBA). But now the publication of the agent’s leaked details — his pseudonyms have included Tomasz Malecki and Tom Piotrowski — and of a blurred photograph as well as information about his past operations has put his life in serious danger, according to his former boss.
In his most recent coup, a star in the Polish television equivalent of Strictly Come Dancing was allegedly caught out for her role as a go-between in a murky bribery deal. Weronika Marczuk-Pazura — a curvaceous blonde in the Bond girl tradition — denies wrongdoing and has told the press that she was set up by the man known as Agent Tomek.
“His eyes were heavy with passion as he tried to seduce me,” she said. As they became lovers he seemed so trustworthy that she took him to meet her parents — not something that happened very often to 007.
Last year, Polish radio reported, the same agent had an affair with Beata Sawicka, a politician from the Civic Platform group, while investigating her for allegedly accepting bribes in a corrupt land deal.
Agent Tomek also featured in an operation — one that failed — to investigate Jolanta Kwasniewska and her husband Aleksander, the former president, on suspicion of not declaring their full income.
“This man is a highly professional and experienced officer who has been conducting special operations aimed at combating organized crime and drug trafficking,” said Mariusz Kaminski, his former boss at the CBA.
Agent Tomek, who had been a detective at the equivalent of Special Branch, had been chosen for his acting talents and later assigned to infiltrate the world of international drug dealing. “In order to appear credible, Tomek had to mirror the values of the social group that he was trying to penetrate,” said Kaminski, fending off criticism that the agency subsidised Tomek K’s extravagant lifestyle.
The revelations have also stoked a debate about the limits that should be set on anti-corruption investigations. Donald Tusk, the prime minister, dismissed Kaminski last week, making plain that he thought the agency had become politically biased.