Denmark’s former defence minister arrested over leak of state secrets

Denmark’s former defense minister arrested on suspicion of leaking state secrets

On Friday, Klaus-Hjoert Frederiksen confirmed that he was under investigation for “violating the limits of freedom of expression”.

Frederiksen – who served as defense minister from 2016 to 2019 – is accused of passing on classified information on which the country’s security or foreign relations depend. He faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

“I, as a Member of Parliament, have spoken about a political issue and I have nothing else to say at this time,” the Liberal Party MP said in a statement.

“I can never imagine doing anything that would harm Danish or Danish interests,” he added, without elaborating.

The arrest comes days after it was revealed that the former head of Danish military intelligence was under investigation.

Lars Vindsen was held for a month on suspicion of leaking classified documents. Three former or current employees of two intelligence services were also initially arrested in Denmark in December.

They are accused of disclosing “highly classified information from intelligence services without permission”.

Vindsen has denied any wrongdoing, while the other three suspects have since been released.

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