US Spied on Scandinavian Countries, Defence Industries, Report Says

Ministries and defence companies such as Terma and Saab were targets of US espionage, according to a whistleblower report.

The US intelligence service NSA has used a top secret Danish-American espionage collaboration to purposefully spy on key ministries and private companies in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, Danish Radio reported citing a strictly confidential report made by an internal whistleblower within the Defence Intelligence Service (FE).

Among other things, the report warned the FE’s leadership about possible illegalities in intelligence collaboration to drain Danish internet cables of information. The report also uncovered espionage attempts against Denmark’s Finance and Foreign ministries, as well as the country’s closest neighbours and allies, Norway and Sweden.

The NSA gained access to fibre optic cables and a data centre on the island of Amager south of Copenhagen. From there, Dutch, Norwegian, French, and German data traffic, and Danish political institutions were monitored.

A source also mentioned that the NSA wanted to “nose out [Aarhus-based defence company] Terma prior to Denmark’s purchase of new fighter jets”, when Denmark decided on the multibillion purchase of new fighter jets to replace its ageing fleet of F-16s. In the fighter jet tender, Swedish defence company Saab was one of the contenders. After a heated debate with many controversies, the Danish government eventually settled on 27 US F-35 fighter jets.

After several failed attempts…

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