Danish military intelligence chief arrested in data breach case

The head of the Danish military intelligence was arrested on charges of leaking intelligence data, Lars Findsen was temporarily removed from office in the summer of 2020 due to violations in the work of military intelligence. He was arrested in January on charges of leaking classified information. He insists on his innocence

The head of the intelligence service of the Danish Defense Ministry, Lars Findsen, was arrested on charges of leaking classified information that could harm the country's security or its relations with other states. This was reported by the TV2 TV company.

On the eve of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (Politiets Efterretningstjeneste, PET) reported that in the framework of this case were placed in custody four people – mdash; former and current employees of the country's special services. They were accused of violating paragraph 109 of the Criminal Code, paragraph 1 (unjustified disclosure of secret information of the special services). Security officials conducted searches at various addresses. The department did not provide other details, including the names of those arrested.

As clarifies radio station DR, that one of the accused is Findsen, it became known on January 10, when the Copenhagen court lifted the ban on the use of names in this case. According to the judge, this was done at the request of the head of military intelligence himself.

What exactly is the essence of the charges is still unknown, since the case is being considered behind closed doors. According to DR, this is a leak of classified information to the Danish media. According to the newspaper, the head of the intelligence service could face up to 12 years in prison. Findsen insists on his innocence and calls the situation “ complete madness. ''

Lars Findsen became the head of the intelligence service of the Danish Defense Ministry in 2015. In the summer of 2020, he was temporarily removed from office due to violations revealed by the Danish Oversight of Intelligence Services (Tilsynet med Efterretningstjenesterne, TET). According to the regulator, Findsen's department “ withheld key and important information '' and provided “ incorrect data '' about your work.

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