Handwriting ‘proves’ Poland’s Walesa was spy

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 19, 2016 shows former Polish president and Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa attending a meeting with students and relatives of victims of the 2014 anti-government protests, in Caracas. Polish prosecutors will on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, present what they believe is proof that Solidarity freedom hero Lech Walesa collaborated with the communist-era secret police, the state news agency PAP reported. Federico PARRA / AFP

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 19, 2016 shows former Polish president and Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa attending a meeting with students and relatives of victims of the 2014 anti-government protests, in Caracas. Polish prosecutors will on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, present what they believe is proof that Solidarity freedom hero Lech Walesa collaborated with the communist-era secret police, the state news agency PAP reported.<br />Federico PARRA / AFP

Polish prosecutors will on Tuesday present what they believe is proof that Solidarity freedom hero Lech Walesa collaborated with the communist-era secret police, the national news agency PAP reported.

Citing unnamed sources close to the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), which prosecutes crimes from the communist-era and from the Nazi occupation, the PAP said Sunday a team of forensic experts had come to that conclusion notably through handwriting analysis.

The 73-year-old former president and Nobel Peace laureate has been battling the allegations since last year, when the IPN seized previously unknown secret police files from the widow of a communist-era interior minister.

The IPN has said the files include a collaboration agreement signed with “Lech Walesa” and his alleged codename “Bolek”.

Walesa, who co-founded the independent Solidarity union and then negotiated a bloodless end to communism in Poland in 1989, has repeatedly denied the authenticity of the documents and once again called the accusations a “lie” on Saturday.

He enigmatically admitted however last year to having “made a mistake” and in the past had said he signed “a paper” for the secret police during one of his many interrogations.

A book published by the IPN in 2008 alleged that while the regime registered Walesa as a secret agent in December 1970, he was cut loose in June 1976 due to his “unwillingness to cooperate”.

Poles have mixed feelings about Walesa. His boldness in standing up to the communist regime is still widely respected, but the combative and divisive tone of his later presidency earned him scorn in many quarters.

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3 Comments
  • Chukwu

    “Lehh Vawenwsa” if you want to pronounce Lech Walesa’s name correctly.

  • lookolook

    Yeah, can we say he is a Communist Anti Communist then? Lots of humans carry internal contradictions to their graves. Those who live double lives sometimes become “false” heroes until they’re found out!

  • szopen

    He has not battled the allegations since “last year”. The allegations
    were present since the very beginning. His collegues claim he even
    admitted he cooperated with SB. Also, his explanations were numerous and
    contradictory (he already in 1990s admitted “he signed few documents”).

    Also,
    when he was president, he destroyed all the evidence he could put his
    hands on. Nevertheless, enough evidence was left that already years ago
    historians have proven without doubt he was an agent in 1970s. The
    handwriting is just final piece of the puzzle.

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