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Norway PST director resigns. UPDATED: Janne Kristiansen stepped down from her post as head of the Police Security Service with immediate effect after a possible security breach, prompting high-level meetings and shock. In a preliminary account to Parliament’s 22 July Committee yesterday, Ms Kristiansen revealed Norwegian military intelligence has agents in Pakistan. Officials have never confirmed this. “The Police Security Service cooperates with 60 national security and intelligence services. Pakistan is not a country with which we have an official relationship or cooperation, [...but] the [Norwegian] military intelligence service has representatives in these countries, so we cooperate via these in this country.

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Norway PST director resigns

Published on Thursday, 19th January, 2012 at 09:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th January 2012 at 22:46.

UPDATED: Janne Kristiansen stepped down from her post as head of the Police Security Service with immediate effect after a possible security breach, prompting high-level meetings and shock.

Janne Kristiansen, Head of PST
The now former PST director may have endangered lives by potentially revealing top-secret information.Janne Kristiansen, Head of PST
Photo: PST/Flickr


Gaffes

In a preliminary account to Parliament’s 22 July Committee yesterday, Ms Kristiansen revealed Norwegian military intelligence has agents in Pakistan. Officials have never confirmed this.

“The Police Security Service cooperates with 60 national security and intelligence services. Pakistan is not a country with which we have an official relationship or cooperation, [...but] the [Norwegian] military intelligence service has representatives in these countries, so we cooperate via these in this country.

“[...] nevertheless, our military intelligence service is not the only thing we have in Pakistan. We are also in contact with a police liaison officer in Islamabad,” she said.

Ms Kristiansen has a chequered history when it comes to making public remarks following Anders Behring Breivik’s 22nd July attacks.

Progress Party (FrP) politicians have called for her resignation twice following actions relating to international operation Global Shield.

Moreover, Ms Kristiansen was not the one who acknowledged she could have breached her oath of secrecy. Minister of Justice Grete Faremo, who has accepted the PST director’s resignation, said at a press conference, “I quickly took the initiative to have an assessment made.”

Progress’ leader Siv Jensen told VG, “The latest incident just comes on top of everything else. Confidence in her has been weak for a long time.”

Nonetheless, deputy 22 July Committee Leader Jan Bøhler, MP for the Labour Party (Ap) said he was “surprised” at Ms Kristiansen’s move.

“She has been in some difficult situations in the autumn, but things had stabilised. I do not think anyone on the committee had imagined that she would resign now,” he told NRK.

Repercussions

Officials in Norway and Pakistan have had top-level talks today following the news. There was no official deterioration in Pakistani-Norwegian relations.

Ishtiaq Andrabi, Pakistan’s ambassador to Norway, met with Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, asking for clarification on the leaks. Norwegian ambassador to Pakistan, Cecilie Landsverk, was called in to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Both parties wanted to share details on the information obtained,” said Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abdul Basit, not wishing to comment further. 

Whilst both meetings reportedly went well, retired US intelligence expert Steven Rogers stated Ms Kristiansen should have been aware of her responsibilities, however.

“That’s rather shocking and surprising because an individual in that position should know better. From the lowest level to the highest level it’s commonly-known not to discuss any issues with regard to intelligence gathering, collection, or operations in any foreign country,” he told NRK.

She could also have put people’s lives at risk. Mr Rogers thinks Norwegian authorities will have to examine the matter more closely.

“It could certainly place people in danger, and of course the intelligence agencies that are mentioned, and especially the intelligence apparatus in Norway, the people there are going to have to assess if any damage has been done, and how extensive this damage could be.”

Officials at watchdog the Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs now confirm they will be scrutinising Ms Kristiansen’s statements.




Published on Thursday, 19th January, 2012 at 09:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th January 2012 at 22:46.

This post has the following tags: jannekristiansenresignation, norwaypstdirectorresigns, classifiedinformationleak.





  
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