A movie about a spy in Poland – Jack Strong – premiered in 2014. It is based on a real person: Ryszard Kukliński, a Polish Army colonel who spied for the American Central Intelligence Agency during the height of the Cold War. Another Polish military colonel, Michael Goleniewski, also spied for the West. Furthermore, Goleniewski claimed to be the surviving Tsarevich, Alexei Romanov of Russia. Both of these Polish spies distrusted the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Both demanded to be handled by the U.S. military. And both were deceived into thinking their handlers were military when they were not. (See my 8-minute video, hopefully viewable at top.)
In the murky world of Poland, a lot is happening lately. But it is hard to be sure what is going on beneath the cloak and dagger. A new right-wing political party – the Law and Justice Party – now governs in Poland. It seems to me that Poland is turning inward for the moment and does not want to especially align with either the European Union or with Russia. Time will tell. In the meantime, do not ignore what happens in Poland, because that nation may play a pivotal role as it did also in the 1980s.