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Walesa Denies he Informed Regime on Others or Took Money

  • Associated Press

FILE - Former Polish President Lech Walesa speaks to journalists, in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 6, 2015. Walesa denies he informed on people to the communist regime or took money from the secret security services.

FILE - Former Polish President Lech Walesa speaks to journalists, in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 6, 2015. Walesa denies he informed on people to the communist regime or took money from the secret security services.

Lech Walesa, Poland's legendary anti-communist leader and former president, denies he informed on people to the communist regime or took money from the secret security service.

He was reacting Friday to claims by a state history institute that recently seized documents including a commitment to provide information signed with Walesa's name and codename, “Bolek,” and reports and receipts for money, dating from 1970-76.

“I was never broken [into collaboration] in December 1970, I did not collaborate with the [secret security], I never took money and never made any spoken or written report on anyone,” Walesa wrote on a blog.

In 1970 Walesa was a workers protest leader but in 1976 was fired from his shipyard job. In 1980 he led the Solidarity freedom movement that eventually ousted the communists.

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