‘Handy Tool for Foes’: Norway Rolls Out Map With Secret Army Facilities

A digital map published by Norwegian authorities shows 239 “no flight” zones where drones are prohibited. It is searchable and includes geographical maps and aerial photos. Experts believe this disclosure can assist foreign intelligence and terrorists.

The Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) has published a digital map showing the exact locations of armed forces facilities, including sensitive antennas and secret installations.

The map shows red marks over objects the authorities previously tried to keep secret, including a facility often referred to as the government’s wartime headquarters. Several of the Intelligence Service’s facilities are also displayed with exact coordinates.

While the idea of this disclosure was to highlight areas where drone navigation is prohibited, it triggered protests from pundits, who suggested this measure jeopardized Norway’s security.

“Even a quick search yields simple screenable objects. This is disastrous when it comes to operational safety. I almost can’t believe they’ve really done this,” Commander Svein Jarle Jacobsen, former chief of the Naval Home Guard, told the news outlet Aldri Mer.

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“I think it’s very problematic. I believe this map shouldn’t have been published at all,” Norwegian Maritime Academy researcher Ståle Ulriksen told national broadcaster NRK. “I understand that it is important to have a ban on drones, but it seems…

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