Tito wasn’t Yugoslav?
Josip Broz Tito, president of the former Yugoslavia, was not of Yugoslav extraction, a phonetic analysis of the language he spoke recently published on the Central Intelligence Agency website reveals.
The document, which was recently declassified, concludes that Tito spoke Serbo-Croatian, a language alleged to be his "maternal,” but with a "foreign accent.”
In an extensive analysis of the languages that could be Tito’s actual maternal language or just closer than Serbo-Croatian, they note Russian and Polish in particular.
"The vowel ‘I’ is the same as the soft and hard consonants in Serbo-Croatian. On the other hand, those whose maternal language is Russian or Polish likely would say both words with a softened ‘n.’ That is just Tito’s pronunciation of Serbo-Croatian, and it is best described as a foreign accent,” the analysis, which bore the classification of Secret, says.
The authors of the document say that it would be logical to assume that the controversial Tito was Russian or Polish, but stress that his identity can only be assumed, as certainly it isn’t "Yugoslav origin.”
They state that Tito’s non-Yugoslav origin could explain his impartiality and consequently the "success” of resolving various problems and conflicts of ethnic groups in Yugoslavia.
The authors of the analysis, performed on the basis of a speech by Tito from 1977, conclude that any further investigation of the real and true identity of Tito would serve only academic purposes.