Index - Abroad - Former Danish Minister of Defense may disclose state secrets to others

Former Danish Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen is suspected of transmitting or disclosing a state secret.

The Liberal Party politician himself announced this on Friday. In his statement, he reported that he had violated the limits of expression under the Danish Penal Code.

However, the former minister did not mention exactly what kind of information he was suspected of passing on. He stated that he had spoken as a Member on a political issue and had nothing to add to that.

Several Danish media outlets unanimously reported that Frederiksen may have gotten into trouble over cooperation between Denmark and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The cooperation between the two sides has been confirmed several times by the politician, who headed the Ministry of Defense between 2016 and 2019.

Article 109 of the Danish Penal Code provides for the transmission and disclosure of state secrets. This paragraph has so far been rarely applied, but it has recently been suggested that it may be applied to Lars Findsen, the Director General of the Danish Foreign Intelligence Agency. Findsen is already in custody on suspicion of leaking confidential documents.

(via MTI)

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