Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Spy King - What are the odds?

The former king of Bulgaria (Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha), who returned to the country after half a century of Communist-imposed exile, was a KGB spy, it has been alleged.

The accusation comes as the country delves through its Communist-era files to discover the identity of former collaborators and informants.

Yane Yanev, the ORLJ leader, alleged that the Saxe-Coburg, who returned to Bulgaria in 1996 amidst scenes of public adulation, was recruited after KGB agents preyed on his weakness for gambling.

The accusations have been rejected by the ex-king... He suggested that the latest allegations were intended to smear him in the run up to local elections. (more)