The former Solidarity trade union leader Lech Walesa is facing fresh allegations that he was once an informer for the Communist secret police. Walesa, whose movement toppled communism in Poland, went on to become the country’s president. He has long denied collaboration. But now a newspaper has published excerpts from a new book claiming previously unknown documents link him to the security service in the early 1970s.
Walesa maintains he was not the secret agent codenamed “Bolek.”: “I know who I was,” he said. “It makes me laugh. They can believe me or the secret agents.”
The book, written by two historians, is due out on Monday. But a court eight years ago ruled he had never been an agent for the secret police. And Walesa, now aged 64, has already won several court cases on the issue.