Polish government, central bank doing damage control after details of secret deal are leaked

The Polish government and central bank are in damage-control mode after a secret recording was published in which two key leaders appeared to be making an improper under-the-table deal.

Polish magazine Wprost on Saturday published the recording in which central bank head Marek Belka told Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz last July that he would help the government get out of financial trouble if it fired the finance minister.

That minister, Jacek Rostowski, was replaced four months later, but it isn't clear if it was due to Belka's demand.

The central bank is supposed to be independent from the government and interference either way is prohibited.

It wasn't clear who made the recording. Belka said the comments were taken out of context and that he did nothing wrong.