• Sweden edition
 
Riksdag to probe US embassy surveillance

Riksdag to probe US embassy surveillance

Published: 23 Nov 2010 15:58 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Nov 2010 15:58 GMT+01:00

According to Green Party spokesman Peter Eriksson, who also serves as chairman of the Riksdag's constitutional committee (Konstitutionsutskottet - KU), the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten), and the Ministry of Defense would have known about the surveillance.

Both the ministries of justice and defence could be called to the KU to testify.

"We will conduct a review now," said Eriksson.

The KU will conduct its review in the spring even though there is an ongoing preliminary investigation into the matter, referring to the news on November 8th that chief prosecutor on security issues, Tomas Lindstrand, had decided to launch a preliminary investigation into illegal intelligence activities.

"We will not wait for other investigations. I expect that we will complete our investigation in the spring," Eriksson told news agency TT on Tuesday.

Both former and present defence and justice ministers from over the last 10 years may be called to testify, Eriksson said.

Former Social Democratic defence minister Leni Björklund has said that she was not aware of the Ministry of Defence having any knowledge about US surveillance in Sweden while she served as minister.

"I have not heard anything about this or received any presentation of reports on it," she told TT.

Current justice minister, Beatrice Ask, has said that she was not aware of the US surveillance. Earlier this month, she confirmed that the US embassy in Sweden has undertaken similar secret surveillance measures since 2000 that have also occurred in Norway and Denmark.

In response, the US embassy in Stockholm admitted that it, like other US embassies, has a programme to detect suspicious activities around its facilities as part of normal security precautions to ensure the safety of staff and guests, but challenged the initial claims made in Norway.

Norway's TV2 originally reported that the US embassy in Oslo had conducted illegal surveillance on hundreds of Norwegian residents over the past decade. Similar allegations were aired a day later by a Danish commercial broadcaster.

The US has always maintained that it informed the Swedish authorities about its activities.

According to newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the Social Democratic government had received information as early as 2002 on the US embassy's Surveillance Detection Unit (SDU), which the embassy described as "a programme designed to detect surveillance against US posts overseas."

This was clear from classified documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to the newspaper.

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has declined to comment on the document on the grounds of the ongoing preliminary investigation.

Eriksson's claims that both the Swedish Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence were aware of the surveillance were denied by Sofia Krigsman, a political expert for Minister of Defence Sten Tolgfors.

"The Ministry of Defence had no knowledge of any such activities," she said.

TT/The Local/vt (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

02:43 November 24, 2010 by waffen
The best thing that Sweden can do is to close the United States embassy in Sweden and kick the corrupt bums out.

The Swedish people do not need them in Sweden spying on them like they do on their own citizens in the United States.

Sweden is a democracy with a strong social contract with their people.

The United States is an Oligarchy, with a stong contract on their people made doubly so with the abysmal Republicans in power again for the rich only.

However, that is the United States' problem.

Just get rid of them and get them out of Sweden.
05:17 November 24, 2010 by mathdean77@yahoo.com
i spit in your face, haha
05:54 November 24, 2010 by ericrufinosiah
In Europe now,it is peaceful and suddenly,a few countries are very serious about

other country putting up surveillance on it's Embassy in their country,and they

talk about not respecting the host country's rights and etc.These countries have

forgotten that in WW1 and WW2 if not for the United States of America what the current situation would be.?
07:30 November 24, 2010 by calebian22
So not gathering information about "Swedes" who are casing the US embassy will make Sweden a safer place to live? If the target of the US is removed from Sweden do any of the naysayers above think that these radicals will just let Sweden be at peace? Why because liberal morality of secular Sweden is so inline with radical Islam? Don't be naive.
08:15 November 24, 2010 by RobinHood
# Caleb

Too right. It's in Sweden's interests, as much as the USA's, and the rest of the world's that every embassy in Stockholm is properly protected. The US embassy is under scrutiny now, but every embassy in the world has its own discrete security; some of which probably wouldn't bear up under a public examination. Blind eyes are wisely turned because it's in everybody's interests (except terrorists) to do so.

Too read some of the comments on this subject makes me wonder whose side some posters are on? Those that wish to cause terrible harm to us all, or those that are trying to stop them. "Naive" is the right word.
14:15 November 24, 2010 by pjtaipale
waffen:

>The Swedish people do not need them in Sweden spying on them like

>they do on their own citizens in the United States.

>

>Sweden is a democracy with a strong social contract with their people.

Somehow I think I've heard that line before. Wait a minute... yes:

http://www.nknews.org/

Do not let your people to travel to undemocratic places like the US, and remain as hostile as possible. Guaranteed to give you freedom, peace and prosperity. Just like in DPRK.
Today's headlines
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
The view of Kebnekaise's southern peak, soon to be the second highest peak in the country. Photo: Stockholm University

Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year

Mount Kebnekaise's southern peak will no longer be the highest point in Sweden by 2015, researchers predicted on Thursday, adding that the change will spell a major blow for tourism in the region. READ  

Gothenburg preschools end school photography
Moments like these are a thing of the past for Gothenburg preschoolers. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Gothenburg preschools end school photography

Preschool managers in Gothenburg have decided to ban class photos at preschools in their municipality, citing the different economical situations of families as one reason for the change. READ  

Presented by Stockholm Business Region
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
This is Stockholm. Don’t worry - be happy. File photo: ASIFE/iStockphoto

Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm

Many consider Sweden a pretty safe place to live, but what if an icicle pierces your little toe or a ray of midnight sun sets fire to your kettle? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered when it comes to sorting out insurance in Sweden. READ  

Brit's life in Sweden becomes BBC radio show
The cast of The Cold Swedish Winter.

Brit's life in Sweden becomes BBC radio show

The Local chats to UK funnyman Danny Robins about his new radio show The Cold Swedish Winter, which is making waves on BBC radio. He talks elk, moose, and what it means to be a Swedophile. READ  

Allergic Swedes demand separate metro carriages
Peanut photo Shutterstock

Allergic Swedes demand separate metro carriages

A Swedish allergies association has asked Stockholm public transport officials to set aside certain carriages on the metro for those with allergies - banning nuts, animals, and strong fragrances in transit. READ  

Most Swiss want Sweden to be next door
Flag photo: Shutterstock

Most Swiss want Sweden to be next door

Who said there were hard feelings between the oft-confused Swiss and Swedes? A new survey shows that Swiss people would rather have the land of Abba as their neighbour over anyone else in the EU. READ  

What's On in Sweden
Photo: TT

What's On in Sweden

Plenty of events around Sweden to get your teeth into this weekend, with Sunday capped off with a free visual-music concert in central Stockholm. READ  

Elections 2014
Red-greens stay way ahead of Alliance in polls
The Allliance party leaders. Photo: Mats Andersson/TT

Red-greens stay way ahead of Alliance in polls

While the gap between the red-greens and the Alliance is decreasing, the opposition is still far ahead, scoring 48.8 percent of support in a fresh poll. The Alliance came in at 37.7 percent. READ  

Malmö end 14-year Champions League wait
Striker Magnus Eriksson sprints onto the pitch at the end of Malmö's 3-0 win over Salzburg in a Champions League qualifier. Photo: Björn Lindgren/TT

Malmö end 14-year Champions League wait

Malmö overpowered Salzburg on Wednesday night to become the first Swedish team to reach the Champions League since 2000. READ  

Swedish royals boycott Chuck Berry's ceremony
Queen Silvia. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Swedish royals boycott Chuck Berry's ceremony

Members of Sweden's royal family have revealed that they boycotted the Polar Music Prize ceremony on Tuesday, due to Chuck Berry's past conviction for human trafficking. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching August 27
Gallery
Top ten false friends in Swedish
National
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Society
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Blog updates

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 

25 August

The Dollar Store (Blogweiser) »

"A dollar store in Sweden. Blog post: http://t.co/tNuuvcP1q0 #USD #greenbacks #sweden #sverige pic.twitter.com/RHFAYf7U1k — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 23, 2014 There’s a chain here in Sweden called The DollarStore. This name always stood out to me in a country where they don’t use dollars. I went there for the first time this weekend. They actually accepted greenbacks..." READ »

 
 
 
Politics
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
National
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
Society
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
National
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Gallery
People-watching August 22-24
National
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
National
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Gallery
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Gallery
See the destruction from the southern Sweden floods
Politics
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Society
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching August 20th
Society
Did you know the Bronx in NYC was named after a Swede?
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

689
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se