Journalist suspected over scandal

A Swedish tabloid journalist was today officially named as a suspect in the scandal over unauthorized attempts to log in to the Social Democrats' network.

Niklas Svensson, a political reporter for Expressen, was questioned by police on Friday. He is the third person to be named as a suspect, following Liberal Party press secretary Niki Westerberg, the Liberal youth movement LUF’s former press secretary and another senior LUF member from western Sweden.

The police say that the election will not in any way influence their investigation.

“The election is a side issue, so we’re not taking account of that – rather, we’re doing what we believe needs to be done,” said prosecutor Maria Häljebo.

The Liberal Party decided on Friday to establish an ethics committee as part of its response to the scandal.

“I have said that what happened in the Liberal Party last winter must not happen again. That is why we need to do a number of things,” said party leader Lars Leijonborg.

“We need to start an internal discussion, ask ourselves whether anything is unclear or whether there are people who can do anything in the name of the party,” he said.

He referred all questions about the party’s internal investigation, and questions over whether further party members were involved in the scandal, too lawyer Peter Danowsky, who is leading the party’s internal probe.