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President backs release of secret Cold War spy list

President Sauli Niinistö said that he supports the disclosure of the so-called 'Tiitinen list' for use by researchers. The list contains the names of 18 people suspected of collaborating with the East German intelligence agency known as the ‘Stasi,’ during the Cold War.

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File: East German secret police archive Image: Rainer Jensen / EPA

Finland's Security Intelligence service obtained the list in the 1990s, and the names on it remain secret.

In an interview with Suomen Kuvalehti, Niinistö said that the matter should be examined, to ensure similar issues do not arise in the future.

Niinistö’s comments were published on Friday.

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