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Top Sweden Democrats accused of spying

Top Sweden Democrats accused of spying

Published: 25 Oct 2011 11:58 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Oct 2011 11:58 GMT+02:00

William Petzäll is currently battling the effects of substance abuse after having being involuntarily committed after a recent hospitalization.

At 7am on Tuesday a post appeared on Petzäll's official Twitter account which read: "I am now going to reveal the game within the SD".

The post was followed up by a series of claims including the assertion that Jimmie Åkesson and Björn Söder have had access to everything contained in the email accounts of several reporters at Swedish tabloids Expressen and Aftonbladet.

Petzäll's lawyer Anna Heurlin later stated that her client had denied that he was behind the Twitter posts and stated that he had neither access to a computer nor a telephone in the secure clinic in which he is housed in Lund in southern Sweden.

Several of the posts contained hash codes which are used to encrypt passwords pertaining to the email accounts of several well-known Swedish journalists.

After having checked the codes and found that the the codes do indeed correspond to passwords used, or previously used, by several of their journalists, the newspaper Expressen has reported the matter to the Security Service (Säpo).

"We have reported the matter to the police regarding the suspected hacking. We have through our own investigation found that several of the details may check out, namely that there has been an intrusion into our computer system," Expressen editor-in-chief Thomas Mattsson confirmed.

Aftonbladet confirmed as well that they have also filed a police report after verifying the information.

"This is very serious. We found that two of my co-workers' codes made public on Twitter were correct. But they are old and no longer used, although it is still very worrying that the codes are out there," said Aftonbladet editor Jan Helin.

The Sweden Democrats have meanwhile denied that they have any involvement in the alleged espionage.

"It is nothing I have ever heard anything about," said Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth to Sveriges Radio on Tuesday.

Ekeroth however confirmed information, published on William Petzäll's Twitter account and circulating in other media this week, that he is behind a new website - Avpixlat (Swedish colloquialism meaning to "reveal" or "unmask") - which is supportive of the party's negative line on immigration, the multicultural society and the mainstream media.

"It is my own project," he said to SR, denying however that party colleagues Linus Bylund and Martin Kinnunen had any involvement in the SD-friendly blog.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:10 October 25, 2011 by truthworthy
"SD-friendly blog"? or racists blog? now we know who was behind PI. As expected this bigotry party is committing suicide. They already started disintegrating. WoW. That was fast.
14:54 October 25, 2011 by cowboykodp
"The Sweden Democrats have meanwhile denied that they have any involvement in the alleged espionage."

What??? impossible. After all SD politicians are stand up ethnic Swedes. As they have repeatedly explained to the gullible 95% of ethnic Swedes who would never vote for them; all crimes in Sweden are the work of immigrants from non-European countries.

House of Cards????
15:20 October 25, 2011 by fedotovskiy
Is it article interesting?

NO!
20:30 October 25, 2011 by calebian22
It is unlikely that the hacker of Ekeroth's account was Åkesson or Söder since they wouldn't hack an account just to accuse themselves of hacking. However, this hacker has the codes to journalists' accounts. It sounds like whoever hacked Ekeroth also hacked the journos. SD 2014!
20:46 October 25, 2011 by muscle
one thing you guys have to agree... be it Sweden democrat or social democrats or anyone else across the globe... they are all full of crap!
20:58 October 25, 2011 by esvahnt
radical integrationists will allways find a way to bother original swedes

and they are allmighty

they will domain sweden
02:28 November 9, 2011 by SirAdam
@muscle

I agree: why is it that the Murdoch scandal was exposed by the Guardian who in turn received recognition and an oportunity to make $$$$. No one hacks into anything that worldwide security agencies don't already know about . (Think Arbor Network). Which means that the security agencies already knew about Murdochs hacking practices. Who gave the story to Nick Davies? Was it was a political favor? Did they give up Murdoch for something bigger? I call it the mediachet. It's a game of give and take. I wonder what the Guardian did as a special favor in exchange for the recent stories of a lifetime and for whom (it makes one wonder)
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