Liberal secretary “acted alone” over computer scandal

The computer scandal which rocked the Liberal Party in the week before the election continues to reverberate.

Johan Jakobsson, the party’s former secretary who was forced to resign over the affair, has rejected accusations that other senior members of the party knew of the unauthorised access to the Social Democrats’ computer network.

Speaking in an interview with Svenska Dagbladet, Jakobsson admitted that he ought to have reported the matter to the police and informed his counterpart in the Social Democrats, Marita Ulvskog, and the Liberals’ leader Lars Leijonborg.

“I alone got this information in March, and I acted alone,” he told the paper.

The news that Per Jodenius, a 24 year old press secretary, had accessed the Social Democrats’ internal network without authorisation emerged on September 3rd. But he told the head of the Liberal Party’s press office, Niki Westberg, of his discovery in March.

On March 15th Johan Jakobsson, who had been told of the matter by Westerberg, called Jodenius and instructed him to stop using information from the Social Democrats’ network.

“The idea that it was illegal never struck me,” said Jakobsson.

But in police questioning, Per Jodenius, who is now suspected of committing a crime, claimed that Jakobsson urged him to give the password to a journalist, so that he could publish secret information about the Social Democrats.

Expressen’s reporter, Niklas Svensson, was sent the password by Jodenius.

“That must have been either a misunderstanding between me and Jodenius, or something he came up with afterwards,” said Johan Jakobsson.

Per Jodenius told the Agenda television programme that he had been promised a job by Jakobsson when everything calmed down:

“The more I saw that he denied that there was anyone else involved, the more I realised that this was a thank you for sacrificing myself,” he said.