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Soldier under fire for classified Facebook post

Soldier under fire for classified Facebook post

Published: 14 Sep 2012 08:37 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Sep 2012 08:37 GMT+02:00

A Swedish soldier who filmed his colleagues at work in a restricted area and then posted the footage on Facebook is now facing charges of crimes against national security and a potential dismissal from the Armed Forces.

“He was in a special restrictions area. There is equipment there that should not be publicly known and that criminals may want to get access to,” said major Carl Sjöstrand of the Armed Forces to local paper Kvällsposten.

The man was working at the southern Skåne regiment P7 in Revingehed outside of Lund when he picked up his phone and filmed his colleagues in the guards’ control room.

The man later posted the footage to his personal Facebook page, which is how the military found out about the incident.

“One of the other soldiers informed the superior officer and this led to the incident being reported to the police,” said Sjöstrand to the paper.

The internal investigation has so far led to the man losing his phone and the right to work in any position that may make him privy to classified information.

Based on the evidence presented by the Armed Forces, civilian prosecutors have already decided not to bring the case to court, but the military has requested that they reconsider.

According to Kvällsposten, the man has admitted posting the footage to Facebook and regrets having acted without thinking.

“He is deeply apologetic and regrets what has happened. As a guard it is his responsibility to prevent exactly what he went and did himself, just because he was bored one evening,” Sjöstrand told the paper.

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10:56 September 14, 2012 by StockholmSam
I have never seen a Swedish soldier over the age of 19. Most of them seem like 15-year-old marching band members. What are we supposed to expect?
11:45 September 14, 2012 by smilingjack
let this be a warning to any potential military wanna be's. don't do it. you can be jailed for the smallest of infringements. your life is out of your hands. try every other option being joining the military
15:48 September 14, 2012 by Åskar
Those who voluntarily do military service are probably not the sharpest knives in the drawer as far as I'm concerned.
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