Walesa wants international experts to examine his alleged spy files

Former Polish president and Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa said he wants international experts to examine files that seem to prove he spied for Poland's communist regime in the past.

"I am handing it over for international clarification," Walesa, who came to prominence in the 1980s as leader of the trade union Solidarity that ultimately brought down the communist government, told TVN24 news network on Tuesday.

"I will not allow the corpse of Kiszczak to win," he said, referring to the former Polish general Czeslaw Jan Kiszczak, who died in November and whose personal files made public this week include one document with Walesa's signature that appeared to identify him as an informant operating under the code name Bolek.

The Institute of National Remembrance obtained Kiszczak's personal files and decided to make them public. The file implicating Walesa as an informant in the 1970s before he became a union leader has not yet been independently verified.

"It reeks from afar of fabrication," said Walesa, who has repeatedly dismissed such allegations in the past.

Poland's first democratically elected president after the fall of communism also denied that he wished to leave Poland. "I love Poland and nobody will chuck me out of there, nor will I move away," Walesa said, speaking from Venezuela.

Last update: Tue, 23/02/2016 - 12:57

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