Swedish military reports newspaper to intelligence service

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Russian military exercise prompts complaint.(Photo: Scanpix. Montage: Sveriges Radio)
Russian military exercise prompts complaint.(Photo: Scanpix. Montage: Sveriges Radio)

The Swedish Armed Forces has filed a complaint to Sweden’s Intelligence Service against the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet for an article it published that revealed that the Russian military had performed a mock military attack against Sweden over the Easter holiday, reports Swedish Radio news.

Back in April, Svenska Dagbladet reported that the Swedish Air Force failed to monitor Russian exercises ostensibly aimed at Swedish targets, because no planes or pilots were available. The revelations kicked up a debate here over whether Sweden’s military was incapable of protecting the country.

The Swedish Intelligence Service, Säpo, passed the military’s complaint on to the Swedish Prosecution Authority, who in turn has passed the case to the Office of Chancellor of Justice, who now will investigate whether the newspaper is in breach of the press law for publishing the article and whether to launch an investigation. The Chancellor of Justice can also investigate if someone inside the military leaked classified information illegaly.

Sources inside the Swedish military tell Svenska Dagbladet that the publication of the article may be in violation of the lowest level or next to lowest level of a national security breach.

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