Hundreds of people in Poland have queued for hours to snap up all 4000 copies of a new book claiming former President Lech Walesa was a communist spy. Walesa himself has denounced the 700-page book as “the work of fanatics”.
But that has not doused public interest in more sensationalist claims that he was an informer for the secret service in the 1970s while working at the Gdansk shipyard.
The authors also claim that while he was president, Walesa removed archive documents which implicated him.
Walesa said he is considering legal action and will release his own book to tell his side of the story.
Rumours about Walesa’s pro-communist activities have circulated for years. But he became an anti-communist hero after leading a regime breaking solidarity strike at the Gdansk shipyard. He later received the Nobel Peace Prize,