Olof Palme, the famous Prime Minister of Sweden, who’s assassination in Stockholm remains unsolved today, has been revealed to have consorted with the CIA. It seems that this wasn’t big news in the Swedish military intelligence circles. However, I did not know. So it is news to me. And will thus be expounded upon in the most in depth, critical, and of course, profound way imaginable.
I am always amazed when I read about the focus on Sweden around this era. I suppose, geographically, it makes perfect sense considering the proximity to the Soviet Union. And politically, because of the left leaningness of Sweden in general. But being such a small country I always have assumed that Sweden flew under the radar. I was wrong as it has been coming out that there has been all kinds of underground work being done for both the right and the left during this era.
When news like a future Prime Minister of Sweden was working with the CIA it boggles my mind. Now granted, he wasn’t a spy. He just helped out now and then. In fact, it seems someone from the CIA decided against direct recruitment of Palme because they felt he would be insulted. Of course he did help out the Swedish military intelligence as well. So he might not have been a spy, but he wasn’t shy about offering his opinion to the military intelligence of various countries.
What I find so interesting, considering the standing of the US in international opinion the last few years, is the mention of the inspiration that America gave to Palme. At a time when the US is often seen as being quite conservative (the 1950s), a young social democrat living in Sweden was inspired by the American way of life and American politics. Despite what must have been some serious disagreements in political philosophy Palme found something inspirational and good about the US. Which is why Olof Palme has today become my favorite assassinated Swedish Prime Minister.
Goes to show how times have changed though. The US doesn’t seem to wake much inspiration in your average burgeoning international politician these days. Or maybe it does and it’s just not the right thing to say. I don’t know. But either way, it’s too bad.