Peter Hultqvist on espionage detection: ‘We want the cards on the table’

Via the Danish cables, the NSA was able to spy on senior politicians and senior officials in Sweden, and SVT Nyheter can reveal this with Danmarks Radio, NRK, NDR, WDR, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Le Monde.

Information about the interception did not reach Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist until last Thursday, when he received questions about the information from the SVT reporter.

– As soon as I learned that the information was available, I called the Danish minister. I think our signal to the Danish government has passed. What the Danes have declared is that it is unacceptable to eavesdrop on allies. On an official level, we have also been in contact with Germany, France and the United States, Defense Minister Peter Holtqvist said on Sunday’s agenda.

The Danish fellow knew – but said nothing

According to this disclosure, the Danish Minister of Defense, Trine Bramsen (S), was supposed to have known the information already last summer, but did not inform her Swedish colleague Peter Holtqvist. Something he could ask about on Sunday’s agenda:

Should your Danish colleague have informed you as soon as she got the knowledge?

– Ask this question on the Danish side, answers the Minister of Defense.

‘Confidential issues’

Sweden also cooperates with the United States when it comes to intelligence.

– No wonder we cooperate with the United States. We have well-established intelligence cooperation with the United States. There is nothing to hide.

But does the government know, then, which US is bugging the Swedish cables?

– Now we come to the issues covered by secrecy. But we do not operate businesses targeting other countries in the Nordic region. Peter Hultqvist answers: We do not conduct any activity targeting Danish or Norwegian politicians.

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Should we trust you the same way the Danes listen to their government?

– This is not a left-handed thing that is not taken seriously.

– If a mistake is made and it appears, it must of course be corrected, answers Defense Minister Peter Holtqvist.

Lindy: The priority is clarity

Foreign Secretary Anne Lind (Q) wrote in a comment to SVT News:

“The defense minister and I are in constant contact on this issue, which of course has important foreign policy dimensions. The government’s first priority now is to clarify what happened.”

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