Stasi files. Photo: ECKEHARD SCHULZ / AP / Scanpix
Former elite agent comes forward

Swedish priest regrets past as Stasi spy

A pastor in northern Sweden who has previously denied he served as a Stasi agent now admits to it and says he regrets his past, according to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Aleksander Radler, who formerly worked as a vicar in Burträsk, also served an elite spy for the East German intelligence arm for 25 years, according to a new expert report by international Stasi-expert Helmut Müller Enbergs, cited by Dagens Nyheter.

When the newspaper confronted him with the information, he responded in a mail, "I deeply regret the whole course of events."

The DDR sent "IM Thomas" to "the capitalist world" in 1968, according to Dagens Nyheter. In 1994, a German investigation revealed Radler was "IM Thomas", but as late as April of this year, Radler maintained his innocence in an interview with the tabloid Expressen.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
Du hittar dina sparade avsnitt i menyn under "Min lista".