Denmark’s spy chief detained for alleged ‘highly classified’ information leaks | World news

Denmark’s foreign intelligence chief has been remanded in custody on allegations that he was involved in the leak of “highly classified” information.

Lars Findsen, 57, is among four current and former employees of the Danish intelligence services, who were detained in December for the alleged leak.

Now Findsen is the only suspect who remains in custody, while the Danish authorities continue the investigation.

Unconfirmed reports from the state radio DR indicate that classified material was passed on to Danish media.

However, the case is being conducted behind closed doors – which means that the exact charges and details of the sensitive information have not been made public.

At a hearing in Copenhagen on Monday, Findsen described the situation as “completely insane”.

He told reporters: “I want the charges brought and I plead not guilty.”

Lars Findsen, pictured second row on the far left, among foreign and defense ministers
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Lars Findsen, pictured second row on the far left, among foreign and defense ministers.

The news was revealed by the Danish media after the court lifted a reporting ban.

A judge must decide how long Findsen must remain in custody.

In 2020, DR claimed that the Defense Intelligence Service shared raw data from information cables with the US National Security Agency – which potentially gives the organization access to Danish citizens’ personal data and private communication.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Denmark has refused to comment on the case.

In a separate case, the spy chief and four other officials were suspended in August 2020 after facing charges of serious misconduct by an independent board that oversees the intelligence unit.

But the suspensions were lifted after a commission of inquiry rejected the allegations.

Findsen previously led the Police Intelligence Service until 2007, before he was appointed head of department in the Ministry of Defense.

He became head of the Defense Intelligence Service in 2015.

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