Skip to comments.A New Cold War? Norway Security Service Warns against Russian Spies
Posted on 05/07/2014 12:44:22 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) chief Alana Bjørnland suggests that Ukraine crisis has led to increase of Russian intelligence activities in Norway against the petroleum sector and policy makers.
In an interview with TV2, the chief of the PST warns against Russian spies in Norway.
She also adds that its not only Russian intelligence which is active in Norway, there are other states that need information. But she avoids naming other countries than Russia.
- I do not want to comment specifically on the country except for Russia, which is also a player in crisis in Ukraine.
PST boss told TV 2 that Russian intelligence officers have always a continuing high level of activity in Norway, and the Ukraine crisis has meant that Russian intelligence officers have sharpened their activity in especially the petroleum sector and against Norwegian policy makers.
- We see a shift in intelligence operations in Norway as a result of the crisis in Ukraine. Foreign states, including Russia, organize their information collection activities to answer questions about oil and gas production and its delivery. We are also a country that is a member of NATO, and we have border with Russia, so there are several reasons why they are looking for information about us, says PST boss in the interview that was made Tuesday afternoon.
In last month, the Swedish security police Sapo had for the first time since the Cold War warned that Russia poses a threat to Swedens security.
According to SAPO, the Russian military intelligence service GRU has increased its activity in Sweden. The Swedish security police believes that Russian spies are trying to recruit people for espionage, in addition they engaged in electronic penetration of IT systems and signal intelligence.
And in March, the British security service MI5 warned officials working in Russia against "honey traps" issued by the Russian FSB or SVR. MI5 is now recruiting Russian speaking intelligence personnel.
where do you sign up for the Russian honey trap?
But a post below said Israel has been extensively spying against us. Must we also be cautious of them too?
Norway has a border with Russia, but I don’t see their interests colliding. And Sweden? Soft socialism did what communism couldn’t do outright.
As for about 10 years ago, Russia still held a half of Norwegian island since WWII (Spitzbergen Island).
That was part of a treaty America is a signatory to. Russian mining companies have a couple of company towns there, but if an American or Dutch business, etc. wanted to, they could do the same. There’s no question that it’s Norway and will remain so.
Correct. That town is fully sovereign Norway.
Others can take that peasant propaganda to the dumbnoids of ignorant Russian peasants. Civilized people aren’t buying that propaganda.