Intelligence chief resigns over secrecy blunder

Intelligence chief resigns over secrecy blunder
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Janne Kristiansen, the head of Norway’s domestic intelligence service, has resigned over an alleged breach of confidentiality after she told parliament that Norway had agents operating in Pakistan.

Kristiansen, who took over as chief of the Police Security Service (PTS) in 2009, informed Justice Minister Grete Faremo (Labour Party) of her decision on Wednesday night.

Speaking on Wednesday at an open parliamentary hearing on the July 22nd terrorist attacks in Norway, Kristiansen appeared to speak too freely as she fielded questions from Akhtar Chaudhry of the Socialist Left Party about Norway’s relations with Pakistan.

“The Norwegian Intelligence Service has its representatives in these countries, so we cooperate via the NIS regarding that country,” she said, referring to Norway’s foreign intelligence agency.

Kristiansen did not explain why Norway had agents in Pakistan. Norway has hundreds of soldiers participating in Nato-led operations in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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