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    Sweden Urges Vigilance Against Foreign Subversion Without Naming Names

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    Several cases of spies working for key Swedish agencies have been investigated in the past year, the Swedish Security Service SÄPO revealed in its 2016 annual report. People employed by the Swedish authorities had reportedly been "of assistance" to "foreign powers," by which Swedish officials usually mean Russia.

    Swedish armoured personnel carriers are seen in Visby harbour, island of Gotland, Sweden September 14, 2016. Picture taken September 14, 2016.
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    Fredrik Agemark, the head of the SÄPO department in charge of security protection, stated at a press conference, where the annual report was presented, that these cases included spying within agencies considered crucial to Sweden's democracy and security interests and involved the attempts of foreign powers to recruit operatives.

    "Intelligence gathering goes on in our country, we keep seeing people being approached, we're seeing electronic attacks, with all available means being used," SÄPO chief Anders Thornberg said, as quoted by the Swedish news outlet The Local. He added that his agency intervenes before anyone becomes a full-fledged foreign spy.

    SÄPO's most recent report also revealed considerable weaknesses in several agencies, including its own safety network. This prompted its chief Anders Thornberg to write an opinion piece in the Swedish Daily Dagens Nyheter, which advocates combined efforts by Swedish bodies to plug the "widening gap between threats and protection."

    "We have investigated several cases of state-sponsored electronic attacks against agencies and businesses important for national defense. It shows that there are real and serious threats to Sweden's security," Anders Thornberg said, as quoted by Swedish Radio.

    Thornberg acknowledged several cyberattacks carried out by foreign powers with the intention of accessing information or simply disrupting Sweden's activity, but neglected to mention what state or states were behind the attempts, or to report their number.

    "We can see from the extent and the level of the attacks that skilled actors are behind them, and this ability is found in state actors," Fredrik Agemark told Swedish Radio.

    According to Agemark, building and maintaining a functioning security system is the best way to ward off threats. Last year, SÄPO recruited 200 analysts, technicians and programmers and is poised to recruit employ another 100 in the next few years.

    Earlier in March, SÄPO sounded the alarm about foreign powers systematically attacking the Swedish telecom sector. According to SÄPO, it was due to hacking attacks on security systems and the attempted recruiting of key people in the industry, which may prove fatal in times of crisis, Swedish national broadcaster SVT reported.

    Whereas SÄPO again would not specify what countries were behind the disruptive efforts, for intelligence expert Johan Wiktorin there were but few alternatives, which reflected Swedes' frame of mind, where Russia is constantly viewed as the biggest threat.

    "If you look at the countries that might reasonably have both the intention and the capacity, it's about Russia and China. The former for defense reasons, and the latter, rather for, economic reasons," Johan Wiktorin told SVT.

    So far, however, none of the revelations have led to trial or prosecution.


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    • avatar
      I live in Sweden. The anti-Russian propaganda is nearly daily in this country. And it's always allegations without any proof.

      Our media is run by globalist scumbags who want to scare
      Sweden into joining NATO which would give NATO some
      strategic advantages.
      The whole west is run by the globalists and the tribe from hell that owns media, banks, veponsmanufacturing etc. All they do is produce Fake and false news 24/7 with the ultimate goal to enslave humanity
    • avatar
      Robert Klimenkoin reply toLinda(Show commentHide comment)
      Linda, You are absolutely correct in all you say. This incredible stupidity and lies are spread daily to the population in Sweden. The people are in most cases too afraid to find alternate media where they can find objective news and therefore all the lies are taken as facts. People outside Sweden nowadays seems to be more aware of the real situation than the Swedes themselves.
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      Glamoureusin reply toLinda(Show commentHide comment)
      Linda, I live too in Sweden for last 30 years and I'm a Russian.

      The brainwashing about Russian threat is hidious and it is much worse today then in the cold war 80s.

      What's pitty is that Swedes today are isolated from Russians and know barley nothing about their neighbour country.

      This is a work done by the Swedish government since 90s. The national identity of Sweden will soon be gone, poeple who have an opinion against the political correctness loses their jobs and gets publicy crucified.

      The fake news media in Sweden makes crusifixions and gets free card out of jail.

      This is worth reading with translate on
    • avatar
      Swedish liberals have practiced Russo-phobia now for decades. That's not news.
      They only escalated it in the past 4-5 years as they were given the order from their overseas big brother:). Poor Swedes...they used to be independent.
    • avatar
      Lindain reply toGlamoureus(Show commentHide comment)
      Hi, yes you are so right. I consider Sweden a lost country and it will be dangerous to live here in the future because of the migrants. So I am beginning to look for another country to move. Perhaps to Finland who will probably remain neutral in case the globalist starts a war with Russia or perhaps Hungary that has a great leader.
      Let's pray that the crazy US and NATO neocons don't start WWIII with Russia. I am a great admirer of Putin and has studied the Russians actions on the international stage for a while now. In fact I think that Putin is the greatest leader in this century.
      It must be terrible for you to hear this fake and false anti-Russian propaganda nearly every day. In fact I also feel terrible about it and in many ways I feel more close to the russian people than the brainwashed people in Sweden and Europe.
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      Lindain reply toGlamoureus(Show commentHide comment)
      Glamoureus, I don't know if you can answer this question but why do you think that Russia sais that they will sell their S400 to Turkey who is run by an absolute mad man?
      Is it because they don't want to sabotage the south stream pipeline? because it would be absolutely mad to give away this defense system to the psychopath Erdogan
    • hp b
      Don't worry Sweden, the CIA is on the case! (lol)
    • avatar
      They seem to be doing fine without any foreign help.
    • avatar
      I would sooner worry about that which is right under your nose: Rape, rioting, car burning.
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