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Retired agent claims Treholt money was planted. The scandal of the Norwegian Police Security Service’s (PST) case against convicted spy Arne Treholt continues. A former undercover agent who snooped on Treholt claims authorities planted money found in his attaché case. PST (POT as it used to be called) claims they found several bundles of dollar bills in the case after ransacking his apartment in August 1983. They allege the KGB paid Treholt to spy on Norway. “I’ve told the police in three independent interviews that I used the case as a travelling money box where I stored foreign currency and Norwegian kroner from time to time. This was also confirmed when I was arrested [on 20 January 1984] at Fornebu. There was in fact about four to five thousand dollars in foreign currency inside,” Treholt tells VG.

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Retired agent claims Treholt money was planted

Published on Sunday, 19th September, 2010 at 22:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The scandal of the Norwegian Police Security Service’s (PST) case against convicted spy Arne Treholt continues. A former undercover agent who snooped on Treholt claims authorities planted money found in his attaché case.

Treholt's trial, Lagmannsretten, 1985
Treholt's trial, Lagmannsretten, 1985
Photo: Police Security Service


A money box

PST (POT as it used to be called) claims they found several bundles of dollar bills in the case after ransacking his apartment in August 1983. They allege the KGB paid Treholt to spy on Norway.

“I’ve told the police in three independent interviews that I used the case as a travelling money box where I stored foreign currency and Norwegian kroner from time to time. This was also confirmed when I was arrested [on 20 January 1984] at Fornebu. There was in fact about four to five thousand dollars in foreign currency inside,” Treholt tells VG.

Police pictures showing what they claim is the large amount of money formed part of key evidence they submitted used to convict Treholt of espionage. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 1985.

Manipulated

However, the anonymous retired agent, who spied on Treholt for one and a half years, told Aftenposten yesterday much of the money was planted. He accuses the head of the investigation for setting the operation in motion.

Treholt’s attaché case also had bits of matt tape, which were part of its latches. According to the authors of a recently released book “Forfalskningen – Politiets løgn i Treholt-Saken”, these were absent on photographs shown to the Court of Appeal (Lagmannsretten).

American involvement

The former undercover agent, who was a member of an eight-man team, also says Treholt was put under round-the-clock surveillance. In methods reminiscent of Stasi, he confirms the CIA helped POT drill a hole in the floor of their undercover second floor apartment in Oscars gate 61 directly above Treholt’s.

“We saw everything on a black-and-white TV screen. We noted down everything that could have been of interest. We were able to see when Treholt had a nap on the sofa, played with his son in the living room, or when the couple had friends visiting,” he says.

Methodical

“I would really like to talk to [Senior Public Prosector Lasse] Qvigstad and prosecuting authorities, and reckon I will be hearing from them shortly,” says the agent, admitting he was cowardly to wait 25 years before coming forward with details of the fabricated money bundles.

Qvigstad confirms the man will be questioned if they get to know his identity.

“There will be a weighty argument for reopening the case will If false testimony was given in Court [by those who gave evidence about proof of the money],” says Qvigstad.

Treholt says he does not know the agent’s name, but hopes this new evidence will lead to his acquittal.

“I have learned to take one day at a time and stick to routines I have had ever since I was put in prison. I have constantly stuck to the realities and plan to continue doing so,” he tells VG.

Treholt was pardoned in 1995.



Published on Sunday, 19th September, 2010 at 22:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: arne, treholt, harald, stabell, spy, russia, money, payment, leif, karsten, hansen, helen, ster, case, review, reopen, police, security, service, pst, lasse, qvigstad.





  
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