Former Danish defense minister – CNN

It’s unclear exactly what Claus Hjort Frederiksen, a current opposition MP, said or revealed – or when he allegedly said it.

Frederiksen, who also served as chairman of the intelligence services committee, alleged he was accused of “violating the limits of my freedom of expression”.

“I have spoken as an MP on a political issue, and I have nothing further to add at this time,” Fredriksen said in a statement released by his political party, Venstre. “But I could never dream of doing anything that could harm Denmark or Denmark’s interests.”

Frederiksen’s announcement comes just days after news surfaced that Denmark’s former spy chief Lars Findsen was in jail on similar allegations.

Findsen was charged under the same section of the Danish Penal Code as Frederiksen. Both men face a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

Findsen was among four people arrested on Dec. 9 after what Denmark’s Security and Intelligence Service, also known as PET, called a “long leak investigation” within the intelligence services, a statement said. of the country’s intelligence unit. The trial is currently ongoing, the statement said.

At the time of Findsen’s arrest in December, the intelligence service said the four people arrested were both current and former PET employees and employees of the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS). Findsen has headed the DDIS since 2015.

Prior to that, he served as head of the police intelligence service and head of department at the Danish Ministry of Defence.

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

Findsen’s attorney, Lars Kjeldsen, told CNN his client “denies all charges” against him. The next closed hearing of the trial is scheduled in a month, he said.

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