Swedish journalist, author, admits KGB ties
October 27, 2009 1 Comment
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
One of Sweden’s most famous journalists has admitted having had ties with the KGB in the 1960s and 1970s. Jan Guillou, a veteran newspaper correspondent known in Sweden for his hugely popular spy novels, admitted meeting with a KGB handler after allegations surfaced in a Swedish newspaper. Stockholm-based daily Expressen said it had in its possession several declassified files belonging to Sweden’s security service (SAPO), which revealed that Guillou was recruited by the KGB in 1967. The files are reportedly based on the testimony of the late Arne Lemberg, Guillou’s friend and fellow-reporter, who told SAPO that Guillou held regular meetings with KGB rezident in Stockholm Yevgeny Ivanovich Gergel. Lemberg also claimed that Guillou had asked him to help him steal a telephone book from the US embassy in Stockholm, which the KGB was after. Responding to Expressen’s allegations, Jan Guillou admitted having had regular meetings with Gergel from 1967 to 1972, in which “we never did anything else than talked politics”. The journalist also said the KGB paid him for authoring a report on the Vietnam War policies of Sweden’s leftwing Social Democratic Party (SAP), but denied having conducted espionage on behalf Soviet intelligence. Guillou’s case is the second spy scandal to make headlines in Sweden in recent weeks. In late September, an investigation by Sweden’s TV4 channel concluded that Bertil Ströberg, who was jailed in Sweden in 1983 for allegedly spying on behalf of the Eastern Bloc, may was probably innocent.