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Classified military documents missing

TT/David Landes · 22 Aug 2009, 09:38

Published: 22 Aug 2009 09:38 GMT+02:00

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The Armed Forces have alerted the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) about the missing documents, which disappeared during the 2006 closing of the F4 air wing in Östersund in northwestern Sweden, according to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, the newspaper reports that Säpo’s counterespionage unit was informed about the missing documents last Wednesday.

The documents included a list of secret defence facilities located throughout the northern Sweden and covering more than 50 percent of country’s territory.

In addition to the locations of simple defence fortifications, the list also included the locations of secret command centres.

It remains unclear whether the documents, which were created in 2003, have been destroyed or fallen into the hands of a foreign power, DN reports.

According to the Armed Forces, exposure of the information in the documents would constitute “a not insignificant injury to the country’s defence and the nation’s security”.

“I can’t comment on the information because I haven’t had a chance to verify the information,” said Daniel Ström, deputy head of the Armed Forces legal department, to the TT news agency.

He emphasized, however, that the missing documents were not classified as secret, a higher degree of classification.

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“I have a hard time believing that it involved documents which qualify as secret documents,” said Ström.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:14 August 22, 2009 by peaceprotest
lost or stolen or may be sold????????
13:26 August 22, 2009 by bob3000
"The Swedish military has lost several hundred classified documents containing information about secret facilities throughout the north of the country."

What a sausage sentence. Do you mean the documents were lost throughout the North or that the facilities are located throughout the North?

Surely it should be,

"The Swedish military has lost several hundred classified documents containing information about secret facilities throughout the north of the country.

MS Word might think it is grammatically acceptable, but an English speaking/writing (journalist) would know better. Key-Rist, this makes me feel old.
13:29 August 22, 2009 by mcg
You mean,

-Surely it should be,

"The Swedish military has lost several hundred classified documents containing information about secret facilities -located- throughout the north of the country."
13:33 August 22, 2009 by bob3000
Yes, absolutely.

I used 'located', with (SINGLE LEFT-POINTING & RIGHT-POINTING ANGLE QUOTATION MARK) symbols, but it seems to have chopped the word between the symbols.
15:31 August 22, 2009 by Tennessee Thunder
A few months ago I called the Swedish Army,got a recording that said,,,WE SURRENDER....
00:11 August 24, 2009 by hilt_m
so that's whats in all thoes box's behind my house lol
00:29 August 25, 2009 by jetsetrach
Because I'm still not quite sure what the Swedish Armed Forces actually do, I'll refrain from saying losing secret military documents isn't that big of a deal (really trying to stay away from the stereotype the entire world has about the military in Sweden). But clearly since the comments to the story consist mainly of ripping apart grammatical inadequacies, the "no big deal" opinion might not be far from the truth.
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