Hungary ministry to fire 7 former communist agents

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Posted: Mar 11, 2011 9:02 AM
Hungary ministry to fire 7 former communist agents

Hungary's foreign ministry says it is firing seven employees revealed as former agents of the communist-era secret police.

Foreign Ministry State Secretary Zsolt Nemeth says the personnel files of employees working there since before the 1990 return to democracy were checked after a list of hundreds of agents was released by historians on the Internet.

The ministry did not name any of those facing dismissal. Based on the historians' information, Hungarian media have identified Hungary's ambassador to Cyprus and a former state secretary as being among them.

Unlike most secret police informants, agents were paid for their undercover work, which they often did for ideological reasons.