CPH Post

International

Snowden leak confirms Denmark spying deal with US

Leaked document from NSA lists Denmark as one of nine European countries that collaborates with the '5-Eyes'


The Snowden revelations keep coming (Photo: Scanpix)

December 19, 2013
18:42

by JC


A newly-leaked document from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden confirms Denmark's formal agreement to work with the US surveillance agency NSA.

The document was revealed by Swedish television channel SVT as part of a documentary on Sweden's participation in spying operations. Nine European countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain – are listed in the document as "Third Party partners" to the Five Eyes nations (the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand). The document can be viewed here

READ MORE: Denmark is one of the NSA's '9-Eyes'

Spying on Danes
Although Denmark's participation with the NSA has been slowly revealed in bits and pieces, this marks the first time that written documentation from the NSA confirms Denmark's status as one of the US's trusted partners. And that is "very worrying", says Enhedslisten's Pernille Skipper. 

"When Denmark is one of the US intelligence services' close allies, one must ask themselves what it is we are giving in return," Skipper said to public broadcaster DR. "When you consider this along with the other revelations that have come out, which insinuate that the US systematically spies on residents throughout Europe in violation of very basic rights, then you can naturally fear that the collaboration between Denmark and the US means that Danes have been spied upon."

The document revealed by SVT came in connection to the channel's interview with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist behind many of the Snowden leaks. SVT's interview with Greenwald can be seen here

Greenwald has previously said that more revelations about Denmark would come to light, and he characterised the Danish relationship to the Americans as "submissive".



Related stories



Latest Comments

Close the f-ing doors already. Denmark doesn't need anymore welfare sucking...

(Alex DeGre?t on September 18, 2014 16:19)

Seriously... How about hospitals pay patients for not providing diagnosis on...

(Alex DeGre?t on September 18, 2014 16:17)

Lel

(Chris Brooks on September 18, 2014 15:43)

?We have more than twice as many poor per capita and almost three times as...

(Bill Jones on September 18, 2014 06:37)

Face it, the Danish Listeria pølser as a culinary contribution to the EU was...

(Bill Jones on September 18, 2014 06:29)

How do you enroll in the trial???

(Anette Kreipke on September 17, 2014 23:09)

And still Climate Change and deforestation and overfishing and oil, gas and...

(Rudy Haugeneder on September 17, 2014 18:30)

High speed network they say

(Nejc Bukovac on September 17, 2014 16:01)

Wait......so he MUST HAVE BEEN a foreigner, right? Oh...no?

(Kl Queteimporta on September 17, 2014 15:39)

I am sure you are right, William Harvey; there WAS a cover-up. I explore it...

(Irene Ward on September 16, 2014 21:42)