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Gaffes and accountability. EDITORIAL: Janne Kristiansan, former head of Norway’s espionage police, has escaped any consequences for blowing the gaffe on Norway’s secret activities in Pakistan. Was she an innocent fall-girl or a liability long overdue for removal? The lady’s public statements following the 22nd July attacks last year have hit a sour note with many. A mixture of secrecy even the three monkeys would have been proud of, but containing a good deal of erroneousness suitable as a tribute to a hapless fool, she opened her mouth in January and sang like a bird to assembled politicians in parliament. It was probably no surprise to learn Norway has, or perhaps now had, army intelligence-gathering agents in Pakistan. It was also probably unsurprising that she had (chose) to resign her position following her faux pas. Behind-the-scenes activities are one thing, blabbing another. 

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Gaffes and accountability

Published on Saturday, 3rd March, 2012 at 07:12 under the columns category, by Michael Sandelson   .

EDITORIAL: Janne Kristiansan, former head of Norway’s espionage police, has escaped any consequences for blowing the gaffe on Norway’s secret activities in Pakistan. Was she an innocent fall-girl or a liability long overdue for removal?

Janne Kristiansen, Head of PST
Janne Kristiansen, Head of PST
Photo: PST/Flickr


The lady’s public statements following the 22nd July attacks last year have hit a sour note with many. A mixture of secrecy even the three monkeys would have been proud of, but containing a good deal of erroneousness suitable as a tribute to a hapless fool, she opened her mouth in January and sang like a bird to assembled politicians in parliament.

It was probably no surprise to learn Norway has, or perhaps now had, army intelligence-gathering agents in Pakistan. It was also probably unsurprising that she had (chose) to resign her position following her faux pas. Behind-the-scenes activities are one thing, blabbing another. 

She has claimed she did not even know about Breivik, despite having received information on him. She informed TV “even East Germany's Stasi (Ministerium für Staatsicherheit) would not have been able to detect this person.” 

Breivik kept himself to himself, and apparently had plastic surgery. She told The Sunday Times, “He must have had a facelift. You do not have that Aryan look naturally in Norway. Hitler would have had him on posters. He has the perfect, classic Aryan face.”

Nevertheless, hapless, hopeless, harmless, or hazardous, she has gone. So has the threat of proceedings by the Communist-sounding watchdog ‘Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs’. They were denied the possibility of questioning military intelligence personnel about possible damaging effects following Ms Kristiansen’s slip-up.

Not able to have their evidence corroborated, police had to drop the case like a hot potato relieved of responsibility. Meanwhile, Ms Kristiansen is considering lodging a complaint with the Higher Prosecuting Authority, believing the conclusion should have been to close the case instead, as no offense was committed.

Whilst it may be a crime to let bungling public officials off the hook and allow them to go scot-free, we believe some people really do not know when to quit.



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Published on Saturday, 3rd March, 2012 at 07:12 under the columns category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: jannekristiansenresignation, norwayagentspakistan.


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