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Contradictory Claims Over Stasi List

The Security Police (SUPO) has given a contradictory picture of intelligence in its possession concerning Finnish spies, reports Aamulehti.

Both Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva and Interior Minister Anne Holmlund were told by SUPO that they do not have the so-called Rosenholz material in their possession.

Holmlund confirmed to YLE Morning TV on Thursday that SUPO does not have the Rosenholz files but rather documents with similar content. She said the data would remain classified.

State attorney Aarno Arvela, however, notes that the Security Police claimed to have the Rosenholz material at its disposal during the case against former Presidential Advisor Alpo Rusi. He was cleared of all charges.

The Rosenholz material contains data concerning agents of the former DDR Stasi secret police as gathered by western intelligence. It is said to include a few Finnish names.

Hautala: Hide-and-seek must end The chair of Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee, Heidi Hautala would like to see an end to the "game of hide-and-seek" surrounding the Stasi documents. According to Hautala the materials should first be turned over to researchers. Otherwise, the Speaker of Parliament can undertake to put oversight of the Security Police on a new footing. "There is no other way out of this than to implement the increasingly common idea that all the information that Finnish officials have, within the cabinet, within SUPO and possibly elsewhere should be given to a competent group of experts to evaluate and to draw conclusions, " Hautala told YLE Thursday. Left Alliance wants publication

The opposition Left Alliance is also calling for the release of the documents. The party's Secretary General Sirpa Puhakka agrees that the Rosenholz files should be made available to researchers and to those directly affected.

According to Puhakka, it can be assumed that the materials contain sketchy and inaccurate information. She points out that gaining a complete picture of the Cold War period requires that researchers are given access to documents.

At the same time, she has called for further strengthening Parliament's role in oversight of the activities of the Security Police.

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