Norway’s Police Security Service is investigating a possible leak of classified information at Forsvarsbygg

PSTPhoto: Vegard Grøtt / NTB

The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has initiated an investigation after the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (Forsvarsbygg) has reported a possible leak of classified information about a project, Filter Nyheter writes.

According to a letter from Forsvarsbygg director Thorbjørn Thoresen, which Filter Nyheter has had access to, the PST was notified earlier this autumn of a suspected leak that “could damage national security interests.”

The report was sent to the PST on November 4.

“Forsvarsbygg has received information that confidential information about a classified project has been leaked,” Thoresen wrote to the PST.

Possible leak

The possible leak was discovered when a hired consultant at Forsvarsbygg in August played golf. The person he was playing golf with started talking about a project that he should not know anything about. 

The consultant knew that the information was classified and subject to confidentiality. The consultant has signed a confidentiality agreement.

Forsvarsbygg writes that it does not know who leaked the information. The person who talked about the project referred to the source as “a friend.”

In Norway, it is a criminal offense to provide classified information to outsiders. The PST confirmed that they are investigating the case.

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1 Comment on "Norway’s Police Security Service is investigating a possible leak of classified information at Forsvarsbygg"

  1. WW2: Loose lips sink ships.

    Early in WW2, some American reporter publicly reported that our submarines could dive much deeper than the Japanese thought and were thus avoiding getting sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy depth charges

    Word quickly got around to the Japanese, and American subs started getting sunk more frequently.

    So secrecy must be enforced.

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