Monday, February 9, 2009

US Withholds Documents on Polish Agent, Torturer & CIA Collaborator

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has decided not to reveal any documents concerning Colonel Jozef Swiatlo, a high-ranking official of the Ministry of Public Security of Poland, who, since 1948, was working for western special security services and is known to have been used by the CIA for ‘propaganda purposes.’

Reporting on that the Polish Radio marks that the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) officials want to put Swiatlo on trial for crimes committed in the 1940s and 1950s. He is said to have contributed to the execution of about 150 soldiers of Poland’s Home Army (Armia Krajowa), the dominant Polish resistance movement in World War II German-occupied Poland.

On 5 December 1953, while in East Berlin, Swiatlo was travelling on a subway and ended up in the West Berlin sector. He then is rumoured to have begun his collaboration with the American intelligence.

Swiatlo, at the time carrying documents with him about the leadership of the Ministry of Public Security in Poland, allegedly informed Radio Free Europe about the regulations regarding the functionings of the Ministry. If Jozef Swiatlo is indeed alive – and the CIA document would provide this information – the IPN wants to issue an extradition warrant, Polish Radio notes.

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