Danish former defense minister accused of leaking state secrets

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Danish former defense minister accused of leaking state secrets


It’s not clear exactly what Claus Hjort Frederiksen, a current opposition legislator, said or revealed — or when he allegedly did.

Frederiksen, who also chaired the Intelligence Services Commission, claimed he was being charged with “violating the limits of my freedom of expression.”

“I have spoken out as a Member of Parliament on a political issue and I have nothing more to add at the moment,” Fredriksen said in a statement from his political party Venstre. “But I could never dream of doing anything that could harm Denmark or Denmark’s interests.”

Frederiksen’s announcement comes just days after news broke that Denmark’s former spy chief Lars Findsen was in prison over similar charges.

Findsen was charged under the same part of the Danish Penal Code as Frederiksen. Both men face a maximum prison sentence of 12 years.

Findsen was one of four people arrested on December 9 after the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, also known as PET, said it was “a lengthy investigation into leaks” within the intelligence community, according to a statement from the country’s intelligence agency. . The trial is currently underway, the statement said.

At the time of Findsen’s arrest in December, intelligence said the four arrested were current and former PET and Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS) employees. Findsen has been the head of the DDIS since 2015.

Before that, he was Chief of Police Intelligence and Head of Department at the Danish Ministry of Defence.

Few details are known about the case, including the nature of the alleged leaks. The process takes place behind closed doors. When asked for more details about the allegations, Danish intelligence told DailyExpertNews it had no further comment.

Findsen’s attorney Lars Kjeldsen told DailyExpertNews his client “denies all charges against him”. The next closed-door hearing of the trial is scheduled for a month, he said.

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