Walesa ‘was paid Communist informant’

Lech Walesa in Warsaw, Poland (19 Feb 2015)Image copyright

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Lech Walesa was boss of Poland from 1990 to 1995

Poland’s story hospital says that newly seized papers advise former boss and Solidarity favourite Lech Walesa was an informer.

The papers were taken progressing this week from a home of a former communist-era interior minister, Gen Czeslaw Kiszczak.

Lukasz Kaminski, conduct of a Institute of National Remembrance, pronounced a papers seem authentic.

Mr Walesa has prolonged denied being an informer in a 1970s.

The former boss pronounced a new materials could not issue from him, according to Polish radio.

The 279 pages of papers have not nonetheless been scrupulously analysed, and will be done open in due course, Mr Kaminski said.

Gen Kiszczak’s widow had wanted to sell a documents, a hospital said.

The state physique prosecutes communist-era crimes.

Analysis: Adam Easton, BBC News, Warsaw

The claim that Lech Walesa upheld on information in a early 1970s to a comrade tip police, before he became a favourite of a Solidarity trade union, is not new.

Mr Walesa, who was privileged of a assign by a justice in 2000, says a communists falsified papers about him to try to harm his reputation.

It is doubtful these records will change many Poles’ minds about Mr Walesa since a claim is common believe and he is still widely dignified for his purpose in bringing down communism in 1989.

Informant claims will not harm Walesa legend

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Mr Kaminski gave sum of what he claimed was inside a record on Mr Walesa, covering a duration 1970-6:

“Inside a personal record there is an pouch and inside, a palm created joining to concur with a tip military sealed ‘Lech Walesa – Bolek’,” he said.

Mr Kaminski pronounced that among a papers in this folder were some “hand-written confirmations of receiving funds”, sealed with a pseudonym ‘Bolek’.

“In a work folder… are many reports by a tip adviser with a pseudonym ‘Bolek’ and records by tip military officers from meetings with a tip informant,” a executive added.

Mr Walesa heartily denied long-standing allegations of partnership in a BBC talk in 2008.

“Nothing like that happened. we had no change over what a tip military did and wrote,” he said. “You will not find any signature of cave similar to combine anywhere,” he went on.

Timeline: Lech Walesa

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1943: Born in Popowo, Poland. Later trains as an electrician and starts operative during a shipyards in Gdansk

1980: Becomes personality of Solidarity

1981: Arrested in anti-democracy crackdown

1982: Released, Polish martial law eased

1983: Awarded Nobel assent prize for his purpose in Solidarity – a initial giveaway trade kinship in a Soviet bloc

1988: Leads a array of national strikes

1990: Elected boss of Poland

1995: Defeated in presidential election

2000: Defeated again in presidential poll; privileged of confidence use partnership by a special court

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