Denmark’s former protection minister charged with leaking state secrets and techniques


It is unclear precisely what Claus Hjort Frederiksen, a present opposition lawmaker, stated or revealed — or when he allegedly did so.

Frederiksen, who additionally served as chairman of the Intelligence Companies Committee, alleged that he was being charged for “violating the boundaries of my freedom of speech.”

“I’ve spoken out as a Member of Parliament on a political concern, and I’ve nothing additional so as to add at current,” Fredriksen stated in a press release launched by his political social gathering, Venstre. “However I might by no means dream of doing something that might hurt Denmark or Denmark’s pursuits.”

Frederiksen’s announcement comes simply days after information surfaced that Denmark’s former spy chief, Lars Findsen, was sitting in jail on account of related allegations.

Findsen was charged below the identical part of the Danish Prison Code as Frederiksen. Each males face a most sentence of 12 years in jail.

Findsen was amongst 4 individuals arrested on December 9 after what the Danish Safety and Intelligence Service, also referred to as PET, stated was “a protracted investigation of leaks” inside intelligence providers, in accordance with a press release from the nation’s intelligence unit. The trial is at present ongoing, the assertion stated.

Denmark's spy chief imprisoned for allegedly leaking classified information

On the time of Findsen’s arrest in December, the intelligence service stated that the 4 arrested individuals had been each present and former PET workers and workers of the Danish Protection Intelligence Service (DDIS). Findsen has been the pinnacle of the DDIS since 2015.

Earlier than that, he served as the pinnacle of Police Intelligence Service and as a division head on the Danish Ministry of Protection.

Little element is understood concerning the case, together with the character of the alleged leaks. The trial is being held behind closed doorways. When requested for extra particulars on the fees, the Danish intelligence service informed CNN that it had no additional remark.

Findsen’s lawyer, Lars Kjeldsen, informed CNN that his consumer “denies all the fees” in opposition to him. The following closed-door listening to of the trial is scheduled in a month’s time, he stated.

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