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The Foreigner Norway immigration officials involved in spy recruitment attempts. Foreign countries’ intelligence agencies have for several years tried to recruit Directorate of Immigration (UDI) employees to spy on incoming asylum seekers, reports say. “Some countries in repressive regimes may be interested in following opposition groups residing abroad,” UDI Director Frode Forfang told NRK, Thursday. The UDI keeps a record of asylum seekers that are entering Norway and it is this information that is likely been sought by foreign agencies.

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Norway immigration officials involved in spy recruitment attempts

Published on Thursday, 11th October, 2012 at 13:17 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Foreign countries’ intelligence agencies have for several years tried to recruit Directorate of Immigration (UDI) employees to spy on incoming asylum seekers, reports say.



“Some countries in repressive regimes may be interested in following opposition groups residing abroad,” UDI Director Frode Forfang told NRK, Thursday.

The UDI keeps a record of asylum seekers that are entering Norway and it is this information that is likely been sought by foreign agencies.

Mr Forfang added that it was not known how many staff foreign agencies had been in contact with, who use a variety of methods.

He explained employees could be invited to a social arrangement “to which it is not natural they should be invited, where the intention may be to establish a relationship that will be used to collect information, which occurs sometimes.”

“We have several examples of where foreign embassies have tried to contact our staff.”

Today’s revelations come following the arrest of a Sudanese man for alleged spying on refugees. It is believed he passed on information to Sudan’s government about Sudanese refugees on several occassions. Sudan’s ambassador to Norway Onoor Ahmed has denied they are engaged in any illegal activity

Norway has since asked the Sudanese embassy in Oslo send one of its staff home. Authorities in Sudan requested, Wednesday, a diplomat from Norway’s embassy in Khartoum leave the country.



Published on Thursday, 11th October, 2012 at 13:17 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: sudanspynorway, norwaysudanrefugees.


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