‘Not Good’: Sweden Admits Sending Fake Officer to NATO

The Swedish man had for many years worked with some of the nation’s top secrets. Not only did he make a career in the military intelligence service and work for the defence group Saab, he also held high military positions abroad – despite lacking a military education as such.

The Swedish Armed Forces has sent a fake officer, whose military career is now under investigation, to NATO Headquarters in Belgium, Dagens Nyheter reported.

The man had been promoted to major with fictitious credentials, but when the NATO service was extended, he was temporarily promoted to lieutenant colonel to be able to work with higher-ranking foreign officers.

“Of course, it’s not good that this has happened. We must send real officers to these positions and of course ensure that we have the right expertise on the staff,” military investigator Carl-Axel Blomdahl told Dagens Nyheter.

The man claimed to have graduated from the Signal Troops Officer’s College in Enköping in 1999 despite actually never having studied there. He forged his diploma with the signature of a non-existent colonel.

Subsequently, the man served as a captain in Kosovo and major in Afghanistan, where he supervised soldiers and was responsible for information security. For that, he needed both a reserve officer’s degree and a special education from the National Defence College – but lacked both, Dagens Nyheter reported.

Between 2007 and 2010, and again in 2013, the man worked at the Military Intelligence and Security…

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