Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kwasniewski under SB surveillance

Even before 1989, the communist Secret Service was watching over future president of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski.

The Secret Service (SB) was almost obsessed with Aleksander Kwasniewski’s ethnic origin – suspecting his father of being a Jew. SB officers carefully inspected the life history of Zdzislaw Kwasniewski and noted down that, in 1950s and 60s, he worked closely with “Jewish circles” and admitted in “trusted company” to being a Jew.

The communist Secret Service also held Jolanta Kwasniewska, the future first lady, under surveillance. They established that she worked in a Swedish-Polish company PAAT, which produced goods for the USSR market. In 1988, Kwasniewska officially earned only 85,000 zloty a month (not much at that time) but, according to the SB informants, her real salary was much higher.

“I’m surprised, outraged and shocked,” said General Wojciech Jaruzelski, former Polsh President, in a response to the SB documents on Kwasniewski. “Secret Service knew that Aleksander Kwasniewski was a promising man. In April 1989, I introduced him to Mikhail Gorbachev. He went to Moscow as my right-hand man. It’s unbelievable that a month later some ‘brutes’ from the SB, as there is no other word to describe them, were spying on a man related so closely to me and Mieczyslaw Rakowski”, said Jaruzelski.