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Romania clears secret police

BUCHAREST - Romania's intelligence agency, in a report exonerating the Securitate secret police, blamed the bloodshed of the 1989 revolution on chaotic army action and interference by Russian spies and saboteurs. The document did not underrate popular discontent as a spark of the uprising that led to Nicolae Ceausescu's fall and summary execution in late December 1989. But diplomatic nods and winks between the US and Moscow, spying and sabotage in Romania, manipulated the event, it said. (Reuter)