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Norwegian military officer under investigation for alleged security breach. Norway’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) has asked the military to start investigating the chief of Norway’s Home Guard (Heimevernet/HV) for possibly having leaked classified information. Following military authorities’ decision to disband the HV’s HV016 Special Forces Unit last year, Major General Kristin Lund mentioned on NRK’s Dagsnytt 18 programme in November that one person, sitting in the studio at the time, was associated with the detachment. JAG Arne Willy Dahl claims she revealed secret military information. “The general inspector of the Home Guard made statements during the debate about another person, revealing that the individual belongs to the unit. As far as I understand this is classified information that not even members of the HV016 are allowed to disclose,” he tells Dagbladet.

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Norwegian military officer under investigation for alleged security breach

Published on Monday, 10th January, 2011 at 17:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:50.

Norway’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) has asked the military to start investigating the chief of Norway’s Home Guard (Heimevernet/HV) for possibly having leaked classified information.

Major General Kristin Lund
Major General Kristin Lund
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Taral Jansen


Platoon mentality

Following military authorities’ decision to disband the HV’s HV016 Special Forces Unit last year, Major General Kristin Lund mentioned on NRK’s Dagsnytt 18 programme in November that one person, sitting in the studio at the time, was associated with the detachment. JAG Arne Willy Dahl claims she revealed secret military information.

“The general inspector of the Home Guard made statements during the debate about another person, revealing that the individual belongs to the unit. As far as I understand this is classified information that not even members of the HV016 are allowed to disclose,” he tells Dagbladet.

Terje Lund, Judge Advocate for Southern Norway, believes the Major General was not simply being unintentionally unwise.

“I have a feeling she did not do it on her own initiative. She was a spokesperson for the leadership group, that decided what to say before she went on air,” he tells The Foreigner.

Ambush?

The decision to disband HV016 was also controversial. Its soldiers claim the military has a conscious policy of badly treating its personnel. More than 120 Home Guard soldiers have since collectively resigned in protest.

There was also an initiative by the Ministry of Defence for a secret investigation of HV016 union representatives by the military after allegations HV016 advocates used excerpts from classified material to defend their case.

“This was unknown for me. It does not surprise me they chose to do this. It shows how well the military leadership elects to treat its personnel,” Thomas Nielsen Lund, who also partook in the NRK programme, tells Dagbladet.

Meanwhile, Judge Advocate Terje Lund believes any investigation of alleged breach of confidentiality by the Major General will not have serious consequences for her.

“Just because we have asked for an investigation does not mean any criminal activity has taken place. If she is found guilty, it will be of a minor offence. This is a major matter in the history of the Norwegian armed forces, but not exactly a case of espionage,” he tells The Foreigner.

HV016 was part of Norway’s anti-terrorism preparedness, with approximately 200 soldiers and 5 officers stationed in units in Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, and Trondheim.



Published on Monday, 10th January, 2011 at 17:29 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan   .
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:50.

This post has the following tags: kristinlund, majorgeneral, hv016, heimevernet, terjelund, arnedahl, judgeadvocategeneral, thomasnielsenlund, ministryofdefence.





  
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