The Norwegian state intelligence service PST announced this evening (actually, tomorrow morning, since the press release came out after midnight CET) that the head of the service, Janne Kristiansen, has resigned. She had recently revealed that Norway has intelligence sources in Pakistan, which is a breach of Norwegian confidentiality laws. That information is supposed to be hush-hush.
As Valdemar mentioned last night, the PST also recently stated that radical Muslims, and not right-wing extremists, pose the greatest terrorist threat to Norway. Is there a connection between that faux pas and tonight’s announcement? Did that conclusion not sit well with Norway’s leftist elite?
Chief of PST Janne Kristiansen resigns
Oslo (NTB): Janne Kristiansen resigns from her position as chief of the PST due to possible breaches of Norwegian confidentiality laws. Kristiansen resigns with immediate effect.
PST Chief Janne Kristiansen has informed the justice minister that she will resign from her position. The reason for her resignation is possible breaches of confidentiality slaw as a result of the disclosure of classified information, according to a press release from the Ministry of Justice published just after midnight on Thursday.
“I wish to emphasize that there are no confirmed violations of the law, but there may be possible breach of confidentiality laws. I have nonetheless decided to accommodate Kristiansen’s wish to resign,” Minister of Justice Grete Faremo says in the statement.
Deputy PST Chief Roger Berg will serve as acting head of the PST until further notice.
It was during a parliamentary special committee hearing on the 22 July terror attack that Kristiansen expressed herself in terms that could be construed as possible breaches of Norwegian confidentiality laws, according to the Ministry.
Janne Kristiansen took over as PST chief after Jørn Holme resigned in September 2009.