Dan­ish in­tel­li­gence agency stops book of ex-boss

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Dan­ish court has or­dered two large Dan­ish me­dia out­lets and 40 book­stores across the coun­try not to pub­lish or sell a book based on in­ter­views with Den­mark’s for­mer do­mes­tic in­tel­li­gence agency chief, Jakob Scharf.

The court in­junc­tion was made at the re­quest of Den­mark’s Se­cu­rity and In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice, known as PET, which feared the book “Seven years with PET” could con­tain se­crets.

Dan­ish me­dia crit­i­cized the court’s overnight rul­ing, which they learned about Satur­day. Ek­stra Bladet chief ed­i­tor Poul Mad­sen says it was “com­pletely lu­di­crous” that PET “dic­tates what the free press should print.” “Crazy times in an en­light­ened democ­racy,” said Jo­er­gen Ram­skov, chief ed­i­tor of Ra­dio24syv, one Den­mark’s largest ra­dio sta­tions, which also re­ceived an in­junc­tion.

Ek­stra Bladet said the in­junc­tion for­bids wholly or partly print­ing the book. The PET agency said Fri­day it also se­cured an in­junc­tion against the pub­lisher of the book, which is based on in­ter­views with Scharf, the agency’s boss for seven years. In a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view, PET head Finn Borch An­der­sen said they had re­acted after ads claimed the book was “ex­pos­ing PET op­er­a­tions, the known and the un­known.”

“We now have ac­cess to the book and are cur­rently read­ing it,” Borch An­der­sen told the TV2 chan­nel, adding the agency may ask for the in­junc­tion to be lifted if noth­ing sen­si­tive is found. “We have no in­ter­est in hold­ing back the book.” The book is set to be pub­lished on Oct. 17. Jakob Kvist, a spokesman for pub­lisher Peo­ple’s Press, said PET “had de­manded to be al­lowed to make changes.” Some 5,000 copies had al­ready been dis­trib­uted to book stores and at least one shop had al­ready sold it.

Scharf, PET chief from 2007-2013, was in charge when PET foiled ter­ror at­tacks, mainly linked to the 2005 pub­li­ca­tion in a news­pa­per of 12 car­toons by var­i­ous artists de­pict­ing the Prophet Muham­mad. Since then, Den­mark has been a tar­get of Is­lamist ex­trem­ists. —AP

PARIS: A burned po­lice ve­hi­cle in Viry-Chatil­lon, after po­lice in their pa­trol cars were at­tacked by in­di­vid­u­als who launched Molo­tov cock­tails, leav­ing four of­fi­cers in­jured. Four of­fi­cers were in­jured, two “se­ri­ously burned”, when around ten in­di­vid­u­als launched Molo­tov cock­tails at their ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice source. —AFP

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