Former Danish defense minister – CNN

It is not clear exactly what Klaus Hjort Frederiksen, the current opposition MP, said or disclosed – or when he allegedly did so.

Frederiksen, who also served as chair of the Intelligence Committee, alleged that he was accused of “violating the limits of my freedom of expression”.

“I have spoken as a Member of Parliament on a political issue, and I have nothing to add at the moment,” Frederiksen said in a statement from his political party Finster. But I could never have dreamed of doing anything that would harm the interests of Denmark or Denmark.”

Frederiksen’s announcement comes just days after news emerged that the former head of Danish intelligence, Lars Vindsen, was languishing in prison over similar allegations.

Vindsen was charged under the same section of the Danish criminal code as Frederiksen. Both men face a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

Vindsen was among four people arrested on December 9 after what the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, also known as PET, said was a “protracted investigation of leaks” within the intelligence services, according to a statement from the country’s intelligence unit. The statement said that the trial is currently underway.

Danish intelligence chief jailed for leaking classified information

At the time of Vindsen’s arrest in December, the intelligence service said the four detainees were current and former employees of the GID and employees of the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS). Vindsen has been president of the DDIS since 2015.

Prior to that, he held the position of Head of Police Intelligence and Head of Department in the Danish Ministry of Defense.

Few details are known about the case, including the nature of the alleged leaks. The trial is held behind closed doors. When asked for more details about the accusations, the Danish intelligence service told CNN he had no further comment.

Vindsen’s attorney, Lars Kelsen, told CNN that his client “denies all charges against him.” He said the next closed court hearing is scheduled to take place in a month.


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