Thursday, May 29, 2008

Can Polish National Remembrance Institute prove Walesa’s collaboration with Communist secret service?

A book to be published by historians from the of Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) attempts to prove that former Polish president Lech Walesa collaborated with the Communist secret services in the 1970s, Polish Radio reports.

The authors of the book, historians Slawomir Cenckiewicz and Piotr Gontarczyk, want to show beyond doubt that the legendary Solidarity leader and former Polish President collaborated with the Communist Security Service (SB) under the nickname ‘Bolek’ from 1970 to 1976, as reported by RNF FM radio. Head of the Institute of National Remembrance, Janusz Kurtyka has revealed that the publication to be released within several weeks, will present all of the available documentation regarding Lech Walesa’a alleged collaboration with Communists, writes Dziennik daily. The former president has commented on the document being released on the 25th anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize as ‘hardly a coincidence’.

According to the radio, after Walesa stopped working for the Communist secret service, SB, in 1976, he was loyal to his colleagues from the anticommunist opposition, although the authorities would keep reminding him of his previous commitments as agent ‘Bolek’. The book will also present copies of some fake documents against Walesa that the SB forged.

In an interview with the TVN24 news channel, Walesa said that he has evidence of the undercover officer's real identity, and that he knows the agent personally. „I wasn’t Bolek’, Lech Walesa has said many times and has often denied that he had signed any cooperation agreements with the Communists, radio marks.

Walesa said that he does not want to reveal the officer's identity himself, but would like the authors of the IPN document to reveal it themselves. He added, however, that he will give the name of the SB officer if the authors fail to do so.