Poland’s ex-president Walesa faces new communist spy allegations

Poland’s ex-president Walesa faces new communist spy allegations

  • The former Solidarity movement leader is renowned for role in the collapse of the communist regime

Newly found Communist-era files suggestPoland’s ex-president Lech Walesa was an informer for the regime. The historical crimes body in Warsaw is making those claims.

This week, a series of documents linking the Nobel Peace laureate to the Soviet secret police were found at a property belonging to the widow of a former communist-era interior minister. The head of Poland’s National Institute for Remembrance reveals more about exactly what was found.

Lukasz Kaminski, Head of Polish Institute of National Remembrance: “Inside the personal file, there is an envelope and inside, a hand-written commitment to cooperate with the secret police signed ‘Lech Walesa, Bolek…In the work folder of the secret informant — which counts 279 files in original covers — are many reports by a secret informant with the pseudonym ‘Bolek’. There are also notes by secret police officers from a meeting with a secret informant with the pseudonym ‘Bolek’.”

The documents cover the period between 1970 and 1976, over a decade before Lech Walesa became a key figure prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain.

It’s not the first time Walesa has been accused of espionage. In 2000, an investigation was launched by a vetting court, charged with assessing state employees deemed to have committed rights abuses prior to a change of authority.

 

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Back then, the case was dropped after claims were made the communist secret police forged documents to prevent Walesa winning the Nobel Prize in 1983.

Since the turn of the century, accusations have continued to appear from circles close to his one-time aides, the twin brothers Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

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