This picture taken on December 18, 2015 shows sealed entry to the NATO Counterintelligence Center of Excellence temporary seat in Warsaw, Poland. AFP / PAP / PAWEL SUPERNAK / EASTNEWS OUT
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Poland's new conservative government Friday continued a controversial drive to replace senior officials with its own appointees when it raided a NATO counter-espionage center in Warsaw and fired its senior staff.Colonel Krzysztof Dusza, the sacked head of the Counter Intelligence Center of Excellence, said defense ministry officials and military police raided the joint Polish-Slovak center in the early hours of Friday.The defense ministry issued a terse statement on the incident, saying only that it had installed a new interim director, Colonel Robert Bala.Designed to expand NATO's intelligence-gathering capabilities in the light of new threats, especially from Russia, the Polish-Slovak center was formally endorsed by NATO in October.Poland joined NATO in 1999 and Slovakia followed suit in 2004 .
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