Norwegian PM: US assures it has not spied on allies since 2014

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The Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg stated today that the USA gave assurances that they stopped spy their allies in 2014, following Oslo’s reaction to the case.

Norway has summoned the US ambassador, Solberg said, following a report that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had used co-operation with Denmark’s foreign intelligence service to spy on senior officials, including the prime minister.

NATO members, Norway and Denmark are close allies of the United States. Denmark hosts several major submarine cable stations to and from Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

“I am pleased that the Americans have made it clear that they have changed their practice of monitoring the Allies in 2014 and that they will work with us and others to understand what happened,” Solberg told NTB News.

Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Make-Jensen said on Twitter that his ministry had a meeting with the US embassy in Oslo “where we made it clear that Allied espionage was unacceptable and unnecessary”.

There was no immediate comment from the US embassy.

Solberg said she also spoke to Danish counterpart Mete Fredericsen about the case today.

“I reiterated to her that we consider espionage of close friends and allies unacceptable and unnecessary,” he said.

The Danish state broadcaster DR reported on Sunday that the NSA had used Danish information cables to spy on senior officials in Sweden, Norway, France and Germany, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Danish public television revealed on Sunday that the NSA was spying on European leaders from 2012 to 2014, thanks to the help of Danish intelligence. Among other things, he attended high-ranking officials in Germany, Sweden, Norway and France.

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