Former Stasi agent resigns from the clergy

A Church of Sweden minister who has admitted spying for the East German intelligence agency, Stasi, during the Cold War has resigned from the ministry.

The minister, Aleksander Radler, tells the Christian newspaper Dagen he worked for Stasi from the late 60’s until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.                    

He says he passed along information about leading members in what was then Sweden’s state Lutheran church, as well as about people who were students in the GDR at the time.

Some of these, he says, were imprisoned and treated harshly. He tells Dagen: “On the one hand was my work for God, on the other dark memories that are irreconcilable with the Christian message.”