Sweden pressured to reveal former Stasi agents
10 August 2007, STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Swedish authorities have come under pressure to release the names of Swedes suspected of working for East Germany's notorious secret police, Stasi, during the Cold War.
10 August 2007
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ Swedish authorities have come under pressure to release the names of Swedes suspected of working for East Germany's notorious secret police, Stasi, during the Cold War.
The Swedish security police, or SAPO, confirmed Thursday that it investigated about 50 people during the 1990s for possible links to Stasi, but was only able to identify a handful of them as agents working for the East Germans.
The issue has gained momentum in Swedish media recently after the release of a book claiming that SAPO kept a list of suspected Stasi informers. Swedish media have asked SAPO to release the list, but the agency has declined to do so, saying the information is classified.
"We've investigated these cases thoroughly," SAPO spokesman Anders Thornberg said. He said that of the roughly 50 people being investigated during the 1990s, "fewer than 10" were identified as former Stasi agents.
None were brought to trial for espionage because too much time had elapsed by the time their offenses were revealed, Thornberg said.
Swedish journalist Bjorn Cederberg, who released a book this year about Stasi's involvement in Sweden, also urged SAPO to reveal what it knew about the people on the list.
"I think that keeping it secret, sweeping it under the carpet, contributes to myth-making and making this a bigger deal than it actually is," Cederberg told Swedish radio.
Subject: German news