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National Memory Institute published communist files

SLOVAKIA became the first post-communist state to have published the files of its former intelligence service after the National Memory Institute (ÚPN) revealed the secrets of the ŠtB secret agency yesterday.

The published materials, available at www.upn.gov.sk, include 130 executive orders by the former Czechoslovakia’s communist interior ministers from 1945 until the end of the communist regime in 1989, as well as the files of the Czechoslovak intelligence unit.

“The unit was built with the full cooperation of Soviet officers. Often, the intelligence officers worked as fictitious employees of the Foreign Ministry,” said the ÚPN’s Patrik Košický.

The files that were published include one entitled “US State Department” in which the ŠtB collected information on people of Czech and Slovak origin who were employed at the State Department. Another file entitled “USA – espionage service” collected information on the FBI’s work methods against the Czechoslovak mission in Washington, and the FBI’s attempt to recruit a chauffeur working at the mission.

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