‘US spied on allies through Denmark, including the Netherlands’

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The US intelligence agency National Security Agency (NSA) for years used a covert partnership with Denmark to deliberately spy on allies in Europe, including the Netherlands. That reports the Danish public broadcaster DR based on information from a whistleblower. Various sources confirm the news.

Since 2008, there has been an agreement between the NSA and the Danish military service that Denmark could tap the Internet with the help of the Americans in Denmark. In exchange for this help, the NSA got access to the internet cables to Eastern Europe. The information that emerged from this was processed in a data center near the capital Copenhagen.

However, the Americans misused this access to spy on surrounding countries, including the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. The information provided by espionage in the Netherlands is unclear. In Denmark, defense company Terma was a specific target. The company was involved in the purchase of a new type of jet fighter for which the American Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was also in the running. The latter was eventually chosen.

The espionage came to light when a former employee of the Danish military service FE decided to leak internal reports to a supervisory authority. He previously expressed his concerns, but measures by the FE were not forthcoming. After an investigation, several FE officials were put on hold last summer.

Sources at the Dutch secret service want to oppose de Volkskrant do not say whether they are aware of American espionage in Denmark. An intelligence officer only says generally that “everyone is spying.”

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