Stasi contact

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BERLIN (AFP) - The novelist Christa Wolf has become the second renowned East German writer within a week to admit to having had contacts with the Stasi. In an article in the Berliner Zeitung, Ms Wolf said she had frequent contacts with the Stasi starting 33 years ago but had had no idea she was registered on their files as an informer.

She said she was approached by two Stasi men in 1959 and was asked about her contacts with West German writers. 'I was intimidated by this meeting, so I indicated my willingness to meet them regularly thereafter.'