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Several former and current Danish politicians respond now Extra the Magazine's disclosure of a Polish man with Danish citizenship, who was one of Poland's most important spies in Denmark during The Cold War.
Bogdan W., who went under the code name Bret, was the position in Poland's intelligence service in the beginning of the 1960s, and was active ca. 20 years forward.
In the period he designed, among other things map of the Danish infrastructure, sent information about the resident poles and was designed to play a central role in a possible invasion from the warsaw Pact.
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Among the politicians who have followed the case, former defense minister Hans Engell, who held the post from 1982-87.
- I have read the stories with great interest, for he may have still been in work, while I was defence minister, he says.
It does not, however, behind him, a former spy has managed to live a whole life in Denmark without being detected.
- the Story does not surprise me. We were at the time – both armed forces and police intelligence services - very aware that there were a number of agents who worked for Waszawapagten, and we have in the degree, later got confirmed how dangerous what was going on was, as the opening of the archives in East germany. It is scary, he makes it clear.
- We did what we could, says former defense minister Hans Engell on the spies as Bogdan W., who lived in Denmark during The Cold War. Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan
the period of Limitation for espionage is between ten and 15 years, and thus can Bogdan W., who even refuses to have been a spy, not prosecuted.
- of Course you can say that there should not be a statute of limitations on the kind of very harmful landsforræderisk company, says Engell.
- But it can be difficult to prove, and you can't do it retroactively, he adds.
Made In enough time to find and prosecute persons that Bogdan W.?
- We did what we could. As I remember it, it lasted very, very long time before you got access to the archives, but it might be good to have done more, he admits.
Former writer for the SF and the minister of foreign affairs Holger K. Nielsen is surprised that Bogdan W. is 'slipped through the net', he says.
- There is no doubt that it is reprehensible what he did. It is a little strange to not have found him before, when there has been a great koldkrigsundersøgelse and a PET-study of the spies, he notes.
So it is strange that it is Ekstra Bladet, who shall find him?
- Yes, it seems I may have enough, it is. I can understand that you have found it in the historic Polish archives (the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, ed.). I don't know about the Danish historians, that made koldkrigsundersøgelsen, not have had access to it.
Holger K. Nielsen finds it reprehensible that Bogdan W. has been able to spy on uk without being detected. Photo: Jens Dresling/Ritzau Scanpix
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen takes the revelations something more quiet.
- after all, they were all places. It surprises me not at all, says the Left-politician, who was foreign minister from 1982 to 1993.
He did his work, and we had someone who did their. It I take cold and quiet, I must admit.
time limits for espionage for short?
- If he has not made other than to observe what happens in Denmark, and take the round and draw the map ... I do not know whether the kind of at all is a criminal offence, he notes.
Former udenrigsminster Uffe Ellemann-Jensen believes that Bogdan W's spying has been so bad. Photo: Claus Bonnerup