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Norwegian Foreign Ministry in security scandal. Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s own Ministry and the Norwegian military are at the centre of a scandal, after documents show ISAF Forces in Afghanistan knew about plans to attack Kabul’s Serena Hotel. Wikileaks has published 15,000 top-secret files about the war in Afghanistan, including details showing that ISAF personnel were aware resistance fighters had planned an extremely similar terrorist operation three months in advance of the actual hotel attack on 14 January 2008. The assault claimed the life of Norwegian journalist Carsten Thomassen plus seven others. NRK claims it is the only media organization to have obtained exclusive access to the contents of these.

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Norwegian Foreign Ministry in security scandal

Published on Friday, 1st October, 2010 at 16:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st October 2010 at 22:00.

Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s own Ministry and the Norwegian military are at the centre of a scandal, after documents show ISAF Forces in Afghanistan knew about plans to attack Kabul’s Serena Hotel.

Serena Hotel, Kabul, prior to Jan 2008 attack
Serena Hotel, Kabul, prior to Jan 2008 attack
Photo: Aulfat Rizai/Wikimedia Commons


A known target

Wikileaks has published 15,000 top-secret files about the war in Afghanistan, including details showing that ISAF personnel were aware resistance fighters had planned an extremely similar terrorist operation three months in advance of the actual hotel attack on 14 January 2008. The assault claimed the life of Norwegian journalist Carsten Thomassen plus seven others.

NRK claims it is the only media organization to have obtained exclusive access to the contents of these.

“Serena was known to be an attractive terrorist target and some threats had been made, but it is pretty shocking to read there were intelligence reports issued prior to the attack that matched so well with what happened,” says PRIO’s (Peace Research Institute Oslo) Kristian Berg Harpviken, knowledgeable about Afghanistan.

Alarmed

Støre, as well as several Norwegian delegations and journalists, were present in the hotel at the time of the attack.

He alleges his Ministry used the ISAF report as part of its threat assessment before he travelled as well as for the investigation into what happened, launched after Thomassen’s death.

However, Støre claims he has never read it before.

“I am assuming this was amongst the material used by those who were responsible for evaluating the security. However, it is clear that I am shaken by it when reading the text for the first time now,” he says.

Silence

Moreover, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs was not warned of concrete terrorist threats against the hotel, according to Conservative Party (H) committee member Per Kristian Foss MP.

“This was never disclosed, either in the open or closed hearing sessions.”

The Norwegian military is refusing to comment for now.



Published on Friday, 1st October, 2010 at 16:09 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st October 2010 at 22:00.

This post has the following tags: serena, hotel, kabul, afghanistan, jonas, gahr, stoere, foreign, minister, carsten, thomassen, prio, per, kristian, foss, wikileaks, dagbladet.





  
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