Intelligence chief arrested for top secret leak — Action News Now

The head of the Danish Defense Intelligence Agency sentenced to one month in prison for leaking state secrets


According to reports, Lars Findsen, the head of the Danish foreign intelligence agency, was arrested last month as part of a case related to the leak of “highly classified” information.

The Danish TV2 channel quoted an unnamed source as saying that Finsen, the head of the Danish Defense Intelligence Agency (DDIS), was accused of leaking top-secret information that could damage national security or relations with foreign powers.


According to reports, he was arrested and detained on December 9, but it was not made public until the Copenhagen City Court opened the prelude to this little-known case on Monday. The authorities are still treating the investigation with the utmost secrecy, with few details being released to the public.

On the day of the arrest, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) release A brief press release says four “Current and former members” The DDIS and PET were arrested and various addresses were searched.


All four accused of leaking secrets “Highly confidential information from PET and DDIS,” The statement said, adding that the arrest was the result of a long-term investigation into the leak by the two intelligence agencies.


According to the media, leaking information from intelligence agencies could result in up to 12 years in prison. It is not yet clear whether these secret data have been leaked to foreign forces, the media or others.

One of the four suspects was released eight days after being arrested, while the other three are still in prison.

In August 2020, Finsen was relieved of his duties by Defense Secretary Trine Bramsen and two other defense intelligence officials due to another scandal.


At that time, DDIS was accused of unreasonably monitoring Danish citizens and concealing important information, thereby preventing the Danish authorities from conducting effective legal compliance monitoring of its activities.

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