Suspected spy back in court

UPDATED: Frode Berg, the retired border inspector from Northern Norway who’s being held on espionage charges in Moscow, had another day in court on Tuesday but will continue to be held in custody through the summer. The Norwegian government is now covering his attorneys’ fees, but his appeal to be released on bail was flatly […]

Military fights to shut down fish farm

Norway’s defense department (Forsvaret) wants authorities to shut down a fish farming operation off the coast just north of Bergen. It claims the operation creates noise that disturbs its efforts to track foreign submarines or other vessels in the area. The salmon and trout producing company Blom Fiskeoppdrett AS has so far fended off the […]

Questions fly over secret surveillance

Members of Parliament were demanding answers on Friday after Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on the existence of a top secret satellite base, set up in 2000 with US support over the years, at an old military camp outside Hønefoss. The base has been used for years as a listening post to track down terrorists, but […]

Accused Norwegian spy feels ‘misused’

“I feel terribly misused,” exclaimed Frode Berg, the retired Norwegian border inspector who was arrested in Moscow last month and charged with espionage. As he was ordered held in a Moscow jail for another three months on Friday, he once again had to fight back tears, while his lawyer won’t rule out that he’s been […]

Islamic extremists still biggest threat

Norway’s state police intelligence unit PST still ranks Islamist extremists as posing the biggest threat against security in the country. Russian intelligence, however, has the greatest damage potential, according to PST’s latest evaluation of the threats facing Norway in 2018. “People and groups inspired by extreme Islamist ideology will be the primary terror threat against […]

Accused spy cries in a Moscow court

Frode Berg, the former Norwegian border inspector from Kirkenes who was arrested on espionage charges in Moscow last month, was finally granted some time in a Russian court this week. He was reduced to tears, however, and his appeal to be released on bail was rejected. Both newspaper Aftenposten and Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), who gained […]

Espionage behind health care hack

Norway’s police intelligence unit PST suspects that a “serious” hacking attack on the computer systems of the country’s largest regional health care agency was carried out on behalf of a foreign state. The January 8 attack on Helse Sør-Øst may have put the health care files for more than 2 million Norwegians at risk. “This […]

Suspected Norwegian spy may be sent to Siberia

Not even the defense attorney for former Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg thinks Berg will be acquitted on the espionage charges he faces in Moscow. Now fears are rising that Berg will not only be convicted by a Russian court but also sent to a prison in Siberia. “Acquittal in this case is probably an […]

Kirkenes rallies to ‘bring Frode home’

Christmas Eve services at the church in Norway’s northern town of Kirkenes broke into unusual and spontaneous applause, when the pastor leading them called for the release of local resident Frode Berg from a Moscow prison. Berg faces serious charges of espionage after he was arrested by Russian security police, but now claims he was […]

Norwegian isolated in Moscow jail

Retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg continues to languish in a Moscow jail, after the 62-year-old resident of Kirkenes was arrested on espionage charges earlier this month. His family has succeeded in hiring a respected Russian attorney to defend him, but remained in despair heading into the Christmas holidays. Berg is being held amidst so […]