September 19, 2021

Denmark, accused of facilitating the spying of European allies by the United States, refuses to comment on the case

Those who hoped for a denial will be at their cost. Denmark has a “Good dialogue” with its European allies and there is no need to ” to fix “ relations with France and Germany, his prime minister simply assured Wednesday, June 2, after revelations of American espionage via the submarine cables of the Scandinavian country.

For his first public statement on the subject since the broadcast of an investigation by Danish public television on Sunday, taken up by several European media including The world, Mette Frederiksen declined to comment directly. “There must be no systematic surveillance of its allies”, only noticed the head of government to the press after a session of Parliament.

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According to the survey by Danish public television DR, Washington used at least until 2014 the Danish submarine cable network to listen to personalities from four countries (Germany, Sweden, Norway, France), including Angela Merkel.

An attitude which “is not acceptable between allies” for Emmanuel Macron

Paris, Berlin and other European capitals on Monday summoned the United States and Denmark to explain these allegations, a new page in the file of wiretapping between allies revealed since the Snowden affair in 2013. Gathered on the occasion of ‘a Franco-German council of ministers, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have expressed their dissatisfaction. “It is not acceptable between allies, even less between allies and European partners”, reacted the French president, asking that “All the clarity [soit] done “.

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Asked about these reactions, Mme Frederiksen played down. “We have a good dialogue”, the head of the Danish government told reporters. “I don’t think it’s correct to say that we have to repair relations with France or Germany. We have a permanent dialogue, also in the field of intelligence ”, she asserted.

Le silence de Washington

According to DR, via Denmark, the NSA was able to access text messages, phone calls and internet actions and exchanges – including searches, chats and messaging services – of officials, also including the Federal President of the United Nations. ‘Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, concerned as former German Foreign Minister.

One of the unknowns of the affair remains the degree of information of Copenhagen on these actions, about which Washington refused to speak.

DR’s revelations are based on a confidential Danish Military Intelligence (FE) report dubbed “Operation Dunhammer”. Ordered on an unknown date by FE management after the Snowden affair – which suggests the service may not have been aware of it – it was handed over in May 2015.

Five years later, last August, several FE officials were sacked for concealing certain information. According to DR, their sidelining was linked to this file.

The World with AFP