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Communist files suggest secret police cut ties with ‘arrogant’ Walesa

February 22
18:18 2016

Polish communist-era secret police files published on Monday suggest the regime cut an "arrogant" Lech Walesa from its list of informants in 1976, as the Solidarity freedom hero denies fresh allegations he was a paid communist secret agent. Hundreds of pages of newfound regime documents, dated 1970-76, surfaced last week alleging that the Nobel Peace Prize winner — renowned for negotiating a bloodless end to communism in Poland in 1989 — was in fact a paid collaborator codenamed "Bolek". Made public on Monday, one file written by a secret policeman and dated June 8, 1976 reveals that agent Bolek refused further cooperation.

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