Polish Interior Minister General Czeslaw Kiszczak (3rd L) talks with Lech Walesa (2nd R), leader of the Solidarity party during roundtable talks in Warsaw, Poland in this April 1989 file photo. REUTERS/Krzysztof Miller/Agencja Gazeta/Files
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Solidarity freedom hero Lech Walesa was a paid secret agent who collaborated with Poland's communist regime, according to newly-found documents revealed Thursday – triggering an angry denial from the man himself.Poland's first post-communist president has long insisted such allegations are "absurd" and a special vetting court cleared him in 2000 . The allegations against Walesa first surfaced in 1992, two years after he was elected president.It was then that former interior minister and current Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz published a list of 60 suspected SB agents, including Walesa as "Bolek". IPN chief Kaminski confirmed that there are 279 documents in the file of an agent codenamed "Bolek", dated 1970-76 .
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