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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Polish 'Spy' Resigns

WARSAW (x) -- The newly appointed head of Polish intelligence, who was once jailed for spying in the United States, resigned Thursday after just three days in office.

Marian Zacharski, who was sentenced to life in prison by a Los Angeles court in 1981 and later released in a spy swap, said in a statement he was quitting because he did not want to aggravate a public row which followed his nomination on Monday.

"I don't want to be a source of conflicts among Poles at a time when Poland most needs cooperation and agreement," Zacharski said.

President Lech Walesa asked the government Wednesday to revoke the appointment of Zacharski, who had been a spy for former communist Poland, saying it would harm the country's relations with the West.