Leijonborg denies bribe claims

Swedish Liberal Party leader Lars Leijonborg has denied that the party tried to bribe former press secretary Per Jodenius to keep quiet over how much he knew about attempts to spy on the Social Democrats' internal computer network.

“We have absolutely never had such ambitions – we have really wanted the truth to be told in this affair, and we have made efforts to do this,” said Leijonborg.

After the spying story broke on 3rd September, Jodenius, as the main suspect, was offered help to find a new job. He told SVT’s Agenda programme on Sunday that he understood the offer from party secretary Johan Jakobsson as an attempt to silence him.

Leijonborg said that he had later been told about the offer and is convinced that it was not made on the condition that Jodenius keep quiet.

“There is no such connection,” Leijonborg said. He said the offer was made to help a young person in a difficult situation. He also denied that an offer of a trip abroad was an attempt to stop Jodenius talking to the media:

“He called us himself and said he felt stressed by the media attention. In that context, and given that the police had no more questions for him, the idea of him going travelling was discussed, but he chose instead to go home to his parents in Småland.”

The idea of the trip was floated with Jodenius by Leijonborg’s chief of staff, Helena Dyrssen. She has now taken over Johan Jakobsson’s duties.

Jakobsson resigned after it was revealed that he had known about the unauthorized logins to the Social Democrats’ network. He told Svenska Dagbladet that he should have reported the incident to the police as well as to Social Democrat party secretary Marita Ulvskog and to Lars Leijonborg.

“I alone was told about this in March, and I acted alone,” he said.