Reports that the Security and Intelligence Service (PET) shredded political
case files in the 1990s are not new, according to Justice Minister Morten
“For example in 2009, the Justice Minister at the time informed Parliament on
several occasions that PET had shredded cases on the initiative of Service
leadership,” Bødskov says in a news release.
The issue of shredded files on Danish politicians arose during the Easter
holidays when several Cold War researchers told B.T. that the Security and
Intelligence Service had shredded case files on the current Socialist
People’s Party Trade and Growth Minister Ole Sohn.
Ole Sohn was previoulsy chairman of the Danish Communist Party, and historian
Regin Schmidt claims that PET began destroying personal files to prevent its
political monitoring coming to light.
The head of PET, however, says that information is often shredded if it is no
longer relevant to the Service.
“There is nothing strange in sensitive personal information being erased,”
Jakob Scharf says.
Justice Minister Bødskov says that PET is duty bound to shred information and
“If PET kept personal information longer than it had any intelligence
interest, one would begin to think of the conditions that some Eastern
European countries luckily abandoned several years ago,” Bødskov says.
“Consideration should primarily be given to the individual and not the
historians as to whether information is no longer relevant and necessary for
the Security Service, and should be erased,” Bødskov says.
The Red Green Justice Spokeswoman Pernille Skipper has called the minister in
for consultations on the issue.
“If the information has been erased because there was no suspicion of anything
illegal, then they should say that clearly. The situation now is that Sohn
and others who were registered illegally are unable to clear their names,”
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