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PM admits seeing different versions of 'Christiania case' explanation

Facing a hearing today, Thorning-Schmidt says she personally saw varying versions of Morten Bødskov's explanation to parliament


Thorning-Schmidt will be in the hot seat later today when she faces a parliamentary hearing (Photo: Scanpix)

January 17, 2014
09:45

by Justin Cremer


Ahead of a parliamentary hearing today in which she can expect to be grilled about her knowledge of what is now being called ‘The Christiania Case’, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt has admitted being personally aware of different drafts of explanations from her former justice minister, Morten Bødskov (S).

Email exchanges released earlier this week revealed that the PM’s permanent secretary Christian Kettel Thomsen was aware of former Bødskov’s  involvement in the PET spying case that cost him his job at least three weeks before Bødskov admitted that he lied to parliament on December 10.

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The exchanges from November 19 contained drafts of the press release that Bødskov released later that giving his explanation for why PET pried into the calendar of MP Pia Kjærsgaard (DF) in order to prevent her from attending a trip to Christiania.

In the early drafts of the press release, Bødskov apologized for misleading parliament on the real reason the trip was cancelled. 

“In retrospect, I regret that I conveyed to the legal affairs committee an inaccurate picture of the actual reason for the visit could not take place at the appropriate time,” Bødskov is quoted as saying in the draft.

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That quote, however, was not in the final press release and Bødskov did not admit that he lied to parliament until December 10, some three weeks later.

In a response to an inquiry from Enhedslisten’s Pernille Skipper, Thorning-Schmidt admitted being aware of the various wordings of the November 19 press release including, presumably, Bødskov’s “inaccurate picture” admission that did not go public.

“Yes, I was aware of of the various versions,” Thorning-Schmidt wrote. 

Thorning-Schmidt will be asked to explain what she knew about Bødskov’s involvement in the cancelled trip to Christiania and when she knew it at today's parliamentary hearing, which begins at 1pm.



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