- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Lech Walesa says he wishes he had social media back when he founded the Solidarity union movement in 1980, then he wouldn’t have had to keep meeting with opposition colleagues in sports stadiums.

The 68-year-old former Polish president and Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday that his tablet and other Internet communications help him work “faster, better, wiser.”

Honored for his role in peacefully ending communism in Poland, Walesa said he often discussed opposition strategy with other activists while playing soccer or watching other sports to thwart Communist security agents determined to stop such meetings.

Walesa was in Warsaw for the European Championships match in which Italy beat Germany 2-1 and advanced to the final.