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US Embassy silent about surveillance. The American Embassy in Oslo has temporarily agreed to stop all surveillance activities, but will not say why. Norwegian high-level security and defence personnel have spied on hundreds of their own compatriots for a period of ten years, as part of what the US alleges are anti-terror measures. Authorities in Norway have only just begun investigating the scandal after TV2 first broke the story on Wednesday, however.

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US Embassy silent about surveillance

Published on Friday, 5th November, 2010 at 16:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th November 2010 at 20:41.

The American Embassy in Oslo has temporarily agreed to stop all surveillance activities, but will not say why.

Justice Minister Storberget at PST (illus. ph.)
Justice Minister Storberget at PST (illus. ph.)
Photo: Ministry of Justice/Flickr


Norwegian high-level security and defence personnel have spied on hundreds of their own compatriots for a period of ten years, as part of what the US alleges are anti-terror measures.

Authorities in Norway have only just begun investigating the scandal after TV2 first broke the story on Wednesday, however.

US embassy staff have only recently said they are willing to wait until the matter has been probed thoroughly for potential illegalities, according to VG. Nobody at the embassy is saying any more for now.

“There will be no further statements from us today, [neither] are there any further comments planned for the immediate future,” the embassy told NTB earlier.

In the continuing war-or-words between the US and Norway, the question of whether the PST (Norwegian Police Security Service) ever gave the embassy extended surveillance powers still remains unanswered.

Philip J. Crowley, assistant secretary and press spokesperson for the US Department of State in Washington, claims everything was cleared in advance, but not according to acting head of the PST, Roger Berg.

“We cannot recall ever having received any enquiries about this,” he tells NRK.

VG reports Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, is still not satisfied with the answers received from the Americans.

“They used somewhat loose wording about having been in contact with Norwegian authorities,” he says.

Meanwhile, Minister of Justice Knut Storberget, who has promised to give Parliament answers as to who knew what, tells NRK he believes the matter will not be resolved anytime soon.

“My hope is within the next few weeks, but I have said as soon as possible. However, not so quickly that one misses the important information. We actually have to go quite far back in time.”




Published on Friday, 5th November, 2010 at 16:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th November 2010 at 20:41.

This post has the following tags: us, embassy, oslo, department, state, simas, security, incident, management, analytics, system, sdu, surveillance, detection, unit, knut, storberget, jonas, gahr, stoere.





  
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