East Timor Nobel Peace Prize winner had links to Stb - Czech web


20.05.2014 12:53

Prague - Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Prize winner and East Timor ex-president, was listed as a collaborator of the Czechoslovak communist intelligence (StB) and he allegedly supplied the communist regime with information against the United States, Czech servers iDnes and Echo24 write today.


Ilustrační foto - Držitel Nobelovy ceny míru a někdejší prezident Východního Timoru José Ramos Horta (na archivním snímku z 19. března 2012) byl evidován jako agent československé komunistické rozvědky. Státní bezpečnost (StB) ho vedla jako agenta pod krycím jménem Malvaz, komunistickému režimu v tehdejší ČSSR dodával informace proti USA. Horta však takové obvinění popírá a tvrdí, že nabídku spolupráce odmítl. ČTK/AP Kandhi Barnez

Horta, whose cover name was Malvaz (malmsey), dismisses this and says he declined the cooperation offer.

Horta was allegedly approached by the secret service in New York in November 1977 for the first time. Horta, then 29, was in the United Nations as an envoy of the East Timor´s national liberation movement Fretilin.

He was contacted by Jan Sturma, secretary of the Czechoslovak U.N. mission and a worker of the Czechoslovak intelligence, whose genuine name was Jan Fila.

A file was kept on Fila´s meetings with Horta from June 1978. It has more than 1400 pages.

iDnes writes that Horta´s willingness to meet the Czechoslovak diplomat was politically motivated. Fretilin was supported by China, but Horta was more interested in support from the then Soviet Union and he wanted to find a way to it via its satellites.

In November 1979, StB tried to officially win over Horta for cooperation, with which he allegedly agreed, but he did not sign any document.

Historian Prokop Tomek, from the Czech Military History Institute, told iDnes he believes that Horta´s cooperation was not entirely conscious.

According to the archived file, Horta handed two documents directly concerning Czechoslovakia to Fila in August 1980. They were reports by an international lawyers´ organisation on the situation in Czechoslovakia. They were created as confidential for NATO, iDens writes.

When Fila left the United States in end-1981, new agent Miloslav Plasek, codenamed Opavsky, was to continue contacts with Horta. The cooperation definitively ended in 1987, when the Malvaz file was put in the archives.

According to the document, Horta had 83 meetings with Fila. Six times he was paid in cash and twice in kind. Horta says, however, this is not true.

He claims that Fila only paid his consumption when they met in a restaurant. Once he gave him a raincoat when it was cold, iDnes writes.

Server Echo24, which uses information from former MfD journalist Jaroslav Kmenta´s interview, Horta confirmed that he used to meet Fila and that they exchanged political information from time to time, but he dismissed having been an agent.

Horta said he did not know that he was listed by the StB.

When he found out that the liberation movement will get no aid from Czechoslovakia, he refused further meetings with the officers, Echo24 writes.

Horta was born in then Portuguese Timor in 1949. He actively participated in East Timor´s political developments. In 1996 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in May 2007 he became East Timor president. He failed to be re-elected in 2012.

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