Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Rzeczpospolita: Former president on the list of 500 secret services agents

According to the information obtained by the daily "Rzeczpospolita", the name of ex-president Aleksander Kwaśniewski, nicknamed “Alek”, is on the so-called “List of 500”.

The secret “List of 500”, drawn up by the Institute of National Remembrance, is a list of public figures and influential persons who allegedly collaborated with the communist secret services in the Peoples’ Republic of Poland (PRL) in the past.

According to materials provided by the Office of State Protection (UOP), the communist Security Service (SB) enrolled Aleksander Kwaśniewski as a secret collaborator on 23 June 1982. In 1983 he was given the nickname “Alek”. He was signed off on 7 September 1989.

"Rzeczpospolita" writes that analyses of the editorial team of the daily paper "Życie Warszawy" in mid 1980s indicate that the former president had the status of a “writing source”. Aleksander Kwaśniewski has ensured that he had never set his foot in the editorial office of that newspaper.

The Lustration Act, which came into force on 15 March 2007, obligates IPN to maintain a register of SB collaborators enrolled as sources of information.

"Indeed, such persons are on the list, too", Janusz Kurtyka, chairman of IPN told Polish Radio One yesterday.

A survey conducted by "Rzeczpospolita" reveals that more than 50% of Poles wants the secret “List of 500” to be disclosed to the public.