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Stoltenberg obliged to obey new text message regulations. Ombudsman rules in favour of compulsory SMS logging. Jens Stoltenberg and his Cabinet have been told that all text messages regarding governmental matters must be logged from now on. The ombudsman’s decision comes after the discovery of last year’s SMS scandal surrounding the Prime Minister, the head of DnB Nor, and the “convenient” sale of government bonds.The story On 18 October last year, Dagens Næringsliv reported that the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority (Kredittilsynet) announced they would investigate allegations that Rune Bjerke, the head of DnB Nor, obtained inside information from Stoltenberg’s Secretary of State – Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen – via SMS.

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Stoltenberg obliged to obey new text message regulations

Published on Friday, 23rd October, 2009 at 14:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Ombudsman rules in favour of compulsory SMS logging.

Rune Bjerke, head of DnB Nor
Rune Bjerke, head of DnB Nor
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Jens Stoltenberg and his Cabinet have been told that all text messages regarding governmental matters must be logged from now on. The ombudsman’s decision comes after the discovery of last year’s SMS scandal surrounding the Prime Minister, the head of DnB Nor, and the “convenient” sale of government bonds.

The story

On 18 October last year, Dagens Næringsliv reported that the Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority (Kredittilsynet) announced they would investigate allegations that Rune Bjerke, the head of DnB Nor, obtained inside information from Stoltenberg’s Secretary of State – Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen – via SMS.

The bank made a sizeable profit on the huge sale of government bonds two days prior to the announcement of a financial rescue package by the government.

According to the paper Bjerke denied any communication took place at the time, amidst speculations that the package was tailor-made for the bank.

Obligation

It was discovered later that Bjerke had, in fact, sent an SMS to Stoltenberg himself, expressing his hopes regarding the make-up of the rescue package.

According to NTB the SMSs were dismissed as being above suspicion at the time, but were made public by the Prime Minister’s office when they became aware of them.

Yesterday, the Ombudsman concluded that Cabinet members would forthwith be required to log all text messages when it comes to specific matters of government.



Published on Friday, 23rd October, 2009 at 14:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: jens, stoltenberg, rune, bjerke, dnb, sms, text, message, government, bonds, sale, profit, scandal, norwegian, .





  
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