Poland's foreign minister says his government targeted by organized crime group in tape leak

Poland's foreign minister Radek Sikorski says an organized crime group is behind the leaked secret recordings of private conversations of him and other officials that have plunged the government into a crisis.

The magazine Wprost on Sunday published a transcript of a conversation in which Sikorski allegedly says Poland's alliance with the U.S. is worthless and "even harmful because it creates a false sense of security."

Sikorski didn't deny making the remarks and didn't offer proof for his claim organized crime is behind the recordings, but said he hopes that the perpetrators will be identified and punished soon.

A week ago Wprost also released a conversation in which the central bank head appears to offer help to the governing party in winning re-election, an apparent violation of the bank's independence.