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Denmark worried about an increase in espionage on its soil

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The Danish intelligence services are concerned about an increase in espionage on the soil of the Scandinavian country in a report published Thursday, at a time when the head of military intelligence is in prison, accused of leaking confidential documents. These threats are linked in particular to the interest shown in the Arctic.

The Danish intelligence services are concerned about an increase in espionage on the soil of the Scandinavian country in a report published Thursday, at a time when the head of military intelligence is in prison, accused of leaking confidential documents. “A number of foreign states actively carry out intelligence activities against Denmark, and the threat of espionage has increased in recent years,” the intelligence services (PET) summarized in a statement.

Threats related to interest in the Arctic

This threat, which covers espionage, influence activities, harassment, attempts to illegally acquire products, technologies and knowledge and, in exceptional cases, assassination attempts, also extends to the territories Danish autonomous regions (Faroe Islands and Greenland) in particular because of the interest shown in the Arctic.

According to the report, the threat comes mainly from Russia, China and Iran. “China is making great efforts to transfer cutting-edge technology and knowledge to China,” PET counterintelligence chief Anders Henriksen told the daily Politiken. According to him, the threat is latent in certain university exchanges. “Certain types of research that even at a very early stage could be used for military purposes could be problematic,” he said.

At least 30 Danish researchers recruited in a Chinese program

Earlier this summer, Politiken revealed that at least 30 researchers in Denmark had been recruited under China’s “1,000 Talents” program. Danish intelligence services are under the spotlight.

According to a survey by Danish public television Danmarks Radio (DR) broadcast in May, Washington used the Danish submarine cable network at least until 2014 to listen to personalities from four countries (Germany, Sweden, Norway, France), including Angela Merkel. In addition, the head of Danish military intelligence, Lars Findsen, has been imprisoned for a month for leaking confidential documents. The investigation is being conducted behind closed doors but, according to the local press, the case relates in particular to leaks of classified information to Danish media.

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