Security Service to examine FRA leak

Swedish Security Service Säpo is to investigate whether an employee at the National Defence Radio Establishment may have leaked classified information to the media.

FRA believes that one of its employees handed over classified documents to Sveriges Television (SVT) in violation of rules governing the handling of secret information by Sweden’s public sector employees.

In a partial ruling issued on Friday, the Chancellor of Justice (JK) stated that there was reason to believe that a crime against the duty to protect secrecy was committed when the document was handed over and has launched an investigation into the matter.

The Chancellor has given Thomas Lindstrand, head prosecutor of the Swedish Prosecution Authority’s office for security cases, responsibility for carrying out the investigation as to whether a crime was committed.

“I’m going to contact the police. In this case it will be the Security Service since it may involve classified defence information,” Lindstrand told SVT news programme Rapport.

On June 16th, Rapport published document on its website which had previously been published on FRA’s internal website in March of last year.

The documents detail a question time held at FRA in February 2007 and the agency suspects that one of its employees passed along the document to Rapport where it was reworked.

As a result, FRA filed a complaint to the Chancellor of Justice’s office, asking it to investigate if the handing over of the document constituted a crime against freedom of expression.

According to FRA, the document is a public secret according to Sweden’s secrecy laws.