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Ján Packa, the new president of the Police Corps and a former member of the security detail of the ŠtB communist secret service, when asked if he had known at the time that the ŠtB was keeping priests and dissidents under surveillance:


"No... The reports [of the Division XII counterintelligence corps] were top secret. No one was allowed to look in their files. We worked somewhat against them. The security detail had somewhat different interests than the [rest of the] ŠtB. They wanted to get as much information about foreign delegations as they could, while security was supposed to protect them. We couldn't allow them to plant any listening devices [among such delegations], for example."


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