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‘Security chief should quit’ says politician. Deputy leader of the Progress Party (FrP) Per Sandberg advocates PST chief Janne Kristiansen resign over how she handled the Anders Behring Breivik terror case. The Police Security Service (PST) did not regard the threat of Right-Wing Extremism as particularly high before Anders Behring Breivik struck. It remained silent in the days following Breivik’s twin massacres of 77 people, claiming there was nothing to report. Per Sandberg said to Dagsavisen yesterday that, “I defended the PST in the first 3-4 firstdays [following the massacre] because Ihad understood that they needed to peace and quiet to work. Nevertheless, Ms Kristiansen did not handle the case at all after that.”

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‘Security chief should quit’ says politician

Published on Friday, 2nd September, 2011 at 11:14 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .

Deputy leader of the Progress Party (FrP) Per Sandberg advocates PST chief Janne Kristiansen resign over how she handled the Anders Behring Breivik terror case.

Police Security Service building (PST)
Police Security Service building (PST)
Photo: Hans-Petter Fjeld/Wikimedia Commons


Poor leadship skills

The Police Security Service (PST) did not regard the threat of Right-Wing Extremism as particularly high before Anders Behring Breivik struck. It remained silent in the days following Breivik’s twin massacres of 77 people, claiming there was nothing to report.

Per Sandberg said to Dagsavisen yesterday that, “I defended the PST in the first 3-4 firstdays [following the massacre] because Ihad understood that they needed to peace and quiet to work. Nevertheless, Ms Kristiansen did not handle the case at all after that.”

Public censure of Janne Kristiansen has been mounting since the organisation published its updated threat assessment one week later, claiming there was little change.

Some individuals have had contact with like-minded people in Europe, but this does not appear as though it has had a significant effect on activity in the environment here. [...] The threat from Right-Wing extremist environments in Norway has not altered following the acts of terror. They could weaken recruitment to these further,” read the document.

According to reports, Ms Kristiansen categorically absolved herself and the PST of any wrongdoing. Bård Vegard Solhjell, MP for the Socialist Left Party (SV), remarked to Bergens Tidende, “She was very quick to acquit herself in a situation where the majority of leaders in the affected agencies expressed the need for humility.”

The top official has also made some injudicious comments. Claiming Breivik underwent plastic surgery, she told The Sunday Times “He must have had a facelift. You do not have that Aryan look naturally in Norway. Hitler would have had him on posters. He has the perfect, classic Aryan face.” She then went on to allege "not even Stasi" could have stopped Breivik.

“She has no choice”

Ms Kristiansen has since apologised for these. Per Sandberg said, “Apologising is the least she can do. She has revealed that she does not possess the skills required to lead the PST.”

“I react to comments made by Ms Kristiansen after 22 July, in particular about comments about Stasi and the statement “we have full control”, echoes Bård Vegard Solhjell.

Last week, criticism of how she handled Interpol information involving mass murderer Brevik was also raised. She subsequently hit back, saying “He [Breivik] deliberately structured his life to avoid political attention. He has also deliberately structured his online statements to be non-violent, almost appearing as moderate, and has not been part of any extremist network.”

Per Sandberg demands Kristiansen leave her post, either immediately or by the close of 2011.

“Parliament is set to meet on 1 October, and I expect that the PST provides a thorough account during the month of October. I am confident this type of explanation gives her no choice but to resign before Christmas,” he said.



Published on Friday, 2nd September, 2011 at 11:14 under the news category, by John Price and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: jannekristiansen, policesecurityservice, andersbehringbreivik.





  
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