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US tightens security at Stockholm embassy

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 21 Dec 2010, 07:34

Published: 21 Dec 2010 07:34 GMT+01:00

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"In response to a threat against the U.S. Embassy, Stockholm, please be advised that the embassy has enhanced its security posture," the statement issued late on Monday read.

The embassy declined to detail the specific nature of the threat in the statement but referred to last week's suicide bombing in central Stockholm.

"In light of last week’s suicide bombing and the increased threat level in Sweden, we think it prudent and necessary to take these additional precautions."

According to embassy spokesperson Chris Dunnet, the threat is however concrete and the measures are not simply a general response to the bombing.

"We have received information that there is a threat against the embassy so we have raised the security level, I can't saying anything more than that," he said.

Dunnet was unwilling to comment further on the origin of the threat and neither on the specific measures taken to tighten security.

"I can't say exactly what we have done to raise the level of security. The Swedish authorities have responsibility for the embassy's security and we have spoken to them and have a good working relationship," he said, while pointing out that a move of this kind is not unusual.

"I have no comment on this," said Ulrika Hjerpe at the Swedish Security Service (Säpo), regarding the move to raise security at the embassy.

Hjerpe pointed out that it is ultimately the embassy's decision on whether to take additional measures.

The Security Service issued a statement in November detailing the specific nature of the protection offered US officials in Sweden.

The Security Service has responsibility for the safety of the ambassador while Stockholm police are responsible for the embassy buildings and the vicinity.

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The Security Service also underlined that it does not make public information regarding the level of threats directed against the US embassy.

"But globally speaking the security situation for the United States is different than for many other countries, and that is something the Security Service is naturally very aware of."

The US embassy concluded its Monday statement with the information that despite the heightened security, consular services will be available as normal and there would be no change to regular business hours.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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11:19 December 21, 2010 by johnny1939
Pack up and go home people!!!! Nobody wants you anymore.
12:19 December 21, 2010 by calebian22
"the threat is however concrete and the measures are not simply a general response to the bombing."

Hopefully Säpo is "pressuring" those 200 extremists (mentioned in another article) at this point for information.
14:43 December 21, 2010 by Carol E. Olden
Once they entered into the investigation of the bombing earlier this month, they became the new target and the real target , as announced earlier by Al Qaida, and its campaign to kill US citizens, Jewish people, and the Saudi Royal Family,

I would look for Osama bin Laden to be in Sweden posing as a Swedish immigrant, as that is what his father told his family to do in case of war , was to study how Swedish people lived and acted so as to pose as Swedish people in case they had to move to a foreign country due to their Saudi citizenship being tested or revoked due to their ties with foreign countries.He is still at large and planning more mayhem in his quest for revenge and world ownership as a megliomaniac as part of his programming by the jihadists amd others who recruited him years ago.
15:27 December 21, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
Yes one should be scared of himself now days :-)
16:02 December 21, 2010 by 4GenWarrior

Sweden could tie their own shoelaces without the US embassy, especially with regards to the GWOT.
19:00 December 21, 2010 by Syftfel
Sweden is well avised to help protect the US Embassy there. After all, The U.S. gave us fine institutions like Elvis Presley, The 8 lane freeway, TV-commercials, Rock'n Roll, The tail finned T-bird, color TV, the internet, the electric streetcar, a sense of freedom, anti-communism, moonlandings, sunny weather, ice cream, the hamburger, Ronald Reagan, Hollywood, surfing, ice cream, the collapse of the socialist Soviet Union, Davy Crocket, John Wayne, Doris Day, nuclear fission, the light bulb and cowboys. (Unfortunately it also gave us that temporary occupant of the White House and Hip-Hop).
20:46 December 21, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Syftfel,

Ice Cream comes from Europe, not USA.

Nuclear fission was invented in Germany.

Lots of countries have sunny weather.
20:50 December 21, 2010 by Syftfel
Wrong nemesis! If you think that ice cream was invented in Italy, Google it. Nuclear fission was "invented" by a German, but in the U.S.. Sunny weather represents all that's positive with the U.S.
12:47 December 22, 2010 by cogito
"Pack up and go home people!!!! Nobody wants you anymore."

Any Americans considering visiting Sweden as tourists, or doing business here, take note. If Johnny (Post #1) represents the prevailing attitude, you might want to re-think your plans.
08:44 December 23, 2010 by hearnoevilseenoevilspeaknoevil
I'm an expat and I say - Kick out the U.S. Embassy, there is no need for them in Sverige, there never was...

"Don't let the Door hit Your Ass on the way Out"

... BTW, Take the *Trash out with You too!

Hey, Why take chances? : )

Quote from some internet sites...

"99 % of *Muslims are good...

...but 99% of Terrorists are *Muslims"

Things that make You go Hmmmmm?

God Jul : )
11:09 December 23, 2010 by Rick Methven
The U.S. gave us fine institutions like the internet,

Another misnomer it was Tim Berners-Lee a British scientist working at CERN in Switzerland

17:10 December 23, 2010 by cogito
Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Francis Coppola, John Ford, Howard Hawks, Martin Scorse, Otis Redding, Clint Eastwood, "Eagle has landed,"

Norman Mailer, Bruce Springsteen, William Faulkner, the Big Mac, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, liberation from the Soviet Gulag, post-its, the Salk vaccine, Apple computers...

The U.S. of A. did not give he world Tom Jones. That would be Wales' gift to the world.
15:09 December 24, 2010 by landofthesheeple
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