STOCKHOLM — Swedish Justice Minister Sten Wickbom resigned today, saying he took full responsibility for a series of bungles that led to the escape of a convicted Soviet spy during a conjugal visit.
The spy, Stig Bergling, slipped out of his wife's Stockholm apartment after he was left unguarded during a 24-hour leave on Oct. 5. They have disappeared.
Wickbom told a news conference he should have been aware of information concerning Bergling's home leave which was available within the Justice Ministry before the spy's escape.
Bergling was jailed for life in 1979 after admitting selling military secrets to the Soviet Union.
After his escape, a series of mix-ups between prison and police authorities resulted in a 12-hour delay before a national alarm was raised and border guards were alerted.