Monday, June 30, 2008

Kaczynski: ‘I saw Walesa’s file’

Former PM and opposition party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski told Polish Radio One this morning that he had seen original documents indicating that Lech Walesa did collaborate with the communist secret services in the 1970s.

Kaczynski added that among the files were reports by secret collaborator “Bolek”, who Walesa is accused of being in a new book out this week.

Jarosalw Kaczynski denied on Polish Radio that it was his party of Law and Justice that had inspired writing the book by Slawomir Cenckiewicz and Piotr Gontarczyk on Walesa’ co-operation with the Communist Secret Services (SB) and that the historians are independent scholars and not politicians.

Kaczynski also said that at the beginning of 1990s he didn’t know anything about Lech Walesa’s contacts with secret services, but was aware of heard some allegations.

It was only after he became the head of the Presidential Chancellery, when Lech Walesa was in office that documents confirming the allegations were shown to him by the head of the Polish intelligence agency Office for State Protection, Andrzej Milczanowski.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski explained that he didn’t reveal this information back then because at that time it was a state secret.

Former President Lech Walesa denies collaboration with the Communist Secret Services. He says that the SB might have forged documents against him to discredit him after his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Lech Walesa was the co-founder of the Solidarity trade union, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995.