Monday, January 30, 2017

[Update]: Lech Wałęsa (may have been) was a communist era collaborator

UPDATE: Handwriting tests indicate Wałęsa was communist-era informer

A leading forensic institute has confirmed that former Polish President Lech Wałęsa acted as a collaborator with the communist-era authorities, according to unofficial information gathered by PAP.

According to PAP, the Institute of Forensic Research in Kraków will officially present its findings on Tuesday.

Lech Wałęsa has admitted that he had “made a mistake”, but denied that he was ever a paid secret agent who collaborated with the communist regime. According to earlier publications by several historians, Wałęsa broke off cooperation with the communist secret services several years before the August 1980 strike in the Gdańsk Shipyard and the birth of Solidarity, with Wałęsa as its chairman.