Aftenposten: Politicians from Socialistic Left, Labour, as well as journalists and academics may have been on Stasi payroll

You don’t reveal your friends

Aftenposten runs a story on how prominent politicians on the left, journalists, academics and also diplomats, at an early point of their career may have been spying for Stasi, the then almighty secret police of defunct DDR.

Briefly summarized, the context of the article is how the CIA got hold of the Rosenholz files in 1992, and how information contained in these filed were forwarded to other countries, among them Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the UK.

But while historians and researchers have had access to this information in Denmark and Sweden, so far, the files have been closed to the public – and Norwegian historians have curiously uninterested in discovering the material. As a result, 50 foreign historians and researchers have requested access to the files. According to a Norwegian historian, Nikolai Brandal, the reason for Norwegian reluctance to investigate the files – in addtion to the outcome of the Lund Commission, may very well be that investigators, journalists are unwilling to rat on their friends.

I am willing to bet that Norwegian Stasi informants were found in the Socialistic Left party, or on the left fringes of the Labor party and the Labor youth organization. With Treholt as a model I am pretty confident that there were young men with an exaggerated self image and even more exaggerated belief in their own importance, easily were talked into crossing most red lines. I would have looked among youth politicians who went on study tours to East block countries, junior diplomats  and political journalists, Brandal says to

As I have suggested before, rather than labeling our leftist Israel bashers ‘nazis’, it may be much more correct to find a suitable expression that covers the socialistic heritage of such fine persons as Joseph Stalin and his outrageous anti-Semitic legacy in all of the East Block counties.