Attorney General won’t look into the maps case

Bruun-Hanssen MapsThe Norwegian Chief of Defence, Haakon Bruun-Hanssen. Photo: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

The Attorney General won’t investigate the maps case

The Norwegian Attorney General will not start investigating against the National Security Authority (NSM) after the publication of maps containing top-secret defence facilities.


The Attorney General indicates that the Government has asked NSM to publish an ungraded overview of prohibition areas indicating which prohibitions apply. That is revealed through the regulation that governs photography from drones, according to

«On this basis, the Attorney General will not initiate investigations of the NSM, which – if that is the case – will concern how this authority interprets the regulations and its mandate», The Attorney General, Tor-Aksel Busch and State Attorney at the Attorney General’s office, Terje Nybøe, writes in a letter to the Strengthen the National Guard (Styrk Heimevernet) action group.

The National Security Authority (NSM) has published an interactive map of the Armed Forces installations and facilities, including top secret facilities. The aim is to provide guidance to drone operators and thus make it easier to film and photograph from the air by way of drones.

The Attorney General will re-evaluate whether the case will be investigated if the Chief of Norwegian Defence, Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, asks for it. Bruun-Hansen has backed the publication as of yet, as stated in an interview with Aftenposten.

«So far, however, the Attorney General has not received any inquiries that provide grounds for believing that the Chief of Defense considers reporting the matter to us», it is stated in the letter from the Attorney General’s office.



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