Germany cancels plans to reassembleshredded Stasi spy files

25th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 October 2004, BERLIN - Germany has cancelled plans to reassemble files from former East Germany's Stasi secret police - shredded during the chaos before the 1990 reunification - because the technology required is too expensive, an official confirmed Monday. An interior ministry spokesman said the EUR 50 million needed to buy the advanced machines was not available. Victims of the once-feared Stasi are allowed access to their files and many had hoped the restored files would help them find out who had sp

25 October 2004

BERLIN - Germany has cancelled plans to reassemble files from former East Germany's Stasi secret police - shredded during the chaos before the 1990 reunification - because the technology required is too expensive, an official confirmed Monday.

An interior ministry spokesman said the EUR 50 million needed to buy the advanced machines was not available.

Victims of the once-feared Stasi are allowed access to their files and many had hoped the restored files would help them find out who had spied on them during the communist era.

The official vowed all shredded files would be maintained and that if funds became available, the programme could be restarted.

Advanced computer reconstruction systems would be able to restore the 16,000 sacks of shredded Stasi files in just five years, experts say.

DPA

Subject: German news

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