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Polish leader briefs Russian pranksters posing as Macron

Polish President Andrzej Duda listens through an earpiece to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a joint news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, File)
Polish President Andrzej Duda listens through an earpiece to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a joint news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, File)

Russian comedians pretending to be the French president tricked the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, into giving them sensitive information after a missile exploded in eastern Poland last week.

Duda’s office confirms that last week he was put through to a person claiming to be France’s Emmanuel Macron.

The office says it was one of many international calls that Duda received at a tense time on Nov. 15, just after a missile hit in eastern Poland, close to the border with Ukraine, killing two men.

NATO and Poland’s leaders have said the missile most likely came from a Ukrainian air defense system that fired in response to a barrage of Russian attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

The office said that appropriate services are checking how the pranksters could have reached Duda, for the second time. In 2020 they talked to him posing as the UN secretary-general.

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