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Former Swedish minister 'sex-chatted': newspaper

TT/The Local/cg · 3 Jul 2011, 11:19

Published: 03 Jul 2011 11:19 GMT+02:00

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"Of course we were unaware of this," said Roberta Alenius, press manager for prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, to the newspaper.

Littorin resigned from his post in July 2010, following allegations from the same newspaper that he had bought sex. However, the official explanation for the resignation has remained "private reasons."

According to the latest reports from the paper, Littorin used a pseudonym for online sexual encounters, 79 different contacts in total during 2010.

One of the paper's sources, remaining anonymous, told Aftonbladet that he has previously blackmailed sex-chatting men, and that if he had known that the man he was speaking with was Sweden's employment minister, he would have charged a hefty fee.

"If I'd known at the time, I would've made big money. Really big money. That kind of guy is prepared to pay anything to keep this quiet. I could've demanded anything, there are no limits," the man told Aftonbladet.

The Riksdag's Committee on the Constitution (Konstitutionsutskottet - KU) is now considering looking into the matter.

"The issue could lead to an investigation in KU. A central point would then be if Littorin did something inappropriate in his work. Another reason to investigate would be if a minister exposes himself to a blackmail risk, or conducts himself in a way that could shift voters' confidence in him," said KU's chairman Peter Eriksson to Aftonbladet.

But for that to happen, the matter has to be reported to the committee by an MP. Eriksson told the paper he is certain that will happen in the near future.

According to Aftonbladet, the new allegations have also raised the question of how much the government knew.

In January prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt rejected the paper's request from October 2010 to make public Littorin's IP-addresses, with reference to national security.

The government however, repudiates any knowledge of Littorin's alleged internet activities.

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"If this is true and he has acted in any way inappropriately he has obviously already drawn his own conclusions from it and resigned," Alenius told daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

On Saturday Littorin commented the new allegations through his legal counsel Percy Bratt in SvD.

"He has done things he's not proud of, that are inappropriate and that he regrets. However, he repudiates any assertions that he has done anything illegal or been subject to any pressure," Bratt told SvD.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:20 July 3, 2011 by luke123
What's the big deal that he sex-chatted ?

It is not a matter of public concern what his private sex life is like. Worry about your own life instead of being obsessed with how someone else lives.

As you can see, all this kind of sensationalism does it play in the hands of blackmailers.

Reminds of of the Assange and DSK case. In Sweden and the US, all you have to do is point at someone and say that he did something sex-related to ruin his carreer.
12:43 July 3, 2011 by muscle
its his personal life. whats the big deal if he sex chatted or watched porn...as far as he is not harming anyone, not buying sex, not having sex forcefully, its none of our business!

Either the world has started to think that ministers are just dic*-less creatures who have no life of their own or the nation has nothing else to do other than reading about what other individual is doing!
14:12 July 3, 2011 by jacquelinee
Who cares? If everyone was penalized because of their private sexual fantasies, there would be NO one in government.
15:01 July 3, 2011 by zircon
Sorry to disappoint you, but eunuchs are the best option for mankind and his future in this world. They can be clever, sharp and the perfect grand vizier full with sagacity, better than Machiavelli. And more ascetic... Or in reverse most cruel.
16:33 July 3, 2011 by voiceofreason
Why does secular Sweden expects such high moral standards from its politicians. I think it is hypocrisy.

There is no room for morality in secularism, individual whims and desires is superior to social code.
20:33 July 3, 2011 by johnny1939
Funny that people never learn. You can have plenty of interesting sex w/o going in on chat sites or sending nude pictures of yourself. How did we ever do it before?
23:25 July 3, 2011 by P.Sturm
If it is said you are judged by the company you keep, what does that say about the newspaper and it's source?
00:21 July 4, 2011 by cutthecrap
No work to do???Sounds a bit of a sad loser type, typical of most liberal politicians these days.
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