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Swede ‘secret agent’ for three countries: report

Swede ‘secret agent’ for three countries: report

Published: 11 Jun 2012 15:43 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Jun 2012 15:43 GMT+02:00

“It is probably more of an exception than a rule that someone works for three nations at the same time, especially considering one of these was Libya,” terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp told The Local.

The man, who is a resident in Sweden, lives in a small town, has kids and is surviving on a meagre income. Yet, he has been able to travel extensively abroad, the paper reports. As recently as a few weeks ago, Joseph was in Libya, where he allegedly met with Libyan rebel leader Abdel Hakim Belhadj.

However, when contacted by the paper, "Joseph" is adamant he is not a spy.

“You’re talking to the wrong person, okay. You know nothing, you don’t know what it is all about,” he told DN.

But a four pages long report from the British intelligence service MI6, which came into the hands of the organization Human Rights Watch after the fall of the Libyan regime, has given experts insight into how he was recruited by the British in Manchester in 2003.

“’Joseph’ brought with him the names of eleven Muslims in Sweden which he thought were potential terrorists or collaborators. He also brought documents regarding a Muslim organization in Sweden,” the fax said, according to the paper.

The fax also showed that Joseph was in contact with both former Libyan leader Muammar Quaddafi’s security service ESO and the Swedish security service, Säpo, according to the paper.

Dagens Nyheter reports that the man who goes under the name Joseph is in his mid-forties and came to Sweden as a political refugee in the 1980s. He became a Swedish citizen and is now registered in a rental apartment in a small Swedish town.

At one point he was working illegally as an unregistered cab driver and he has also worked in a shop. He is known to police for beating up two of his previous girlfriends and was recently caught shoplifting in a store, according to the paper.

In Sweden he is established in the Muslim community and is said to “know everybody”.

Although Säpo never comments on individual cases their annual report names Libya as one of the countries that have had spy presence in Sweden. According to DN, several of these have been identified by authorities and deported.

And according to Ranstorp, it is unusual that an individual would be tied to the intelligence service of three countries at the same time.

“If this document is real, then I think it is a sign of the times. There was frantic activity after 9/11 and everyone tried to establish contacts in key countries,” Ranstorp said.

The document mentions a connection between Joseph and Säpo only fleetingly, but although there is nothing in the document that indicates that the Swedes were informed of the British-Libyan connection, Ranstorp is pretty certain Säpo would have been aware.

“They have had a pretty good overview of anyone who could constitute a ‘problem’,” he told The Local.

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Your comments about this article

16:10 June 11, 2012 by axiom
Wife beating, shop lifting, illegal minicab and landed a job with BOTH SÄPO and MI6

quite a cv !
18:45 June 11, 2012 by prince T
Agents are no so good pple. @axom. I Am not suprised that he is adouble agent. If sweden pays him well, he will not be working for other countries. Agents earn lots of money but it seems that t is not the case of sweden.
22:43 June 11, 2012 by Carbarrister
Well after this story, Joseph will no longer be working for anyone. Sweden should only hire spies who are nice law abiding people who are vegans and recycle.
10:10 June 12, 2012 by muscle
@Prince

It is an intelligence failure that an agent works as a double or triple agent. It has nothing to do with how much one gets paid. If the head of CIA can be a double agent, and head of KGB can be a double agent, then trust me, it has nothing to do with money or power... just intelligence failure and flaw in the routines!
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