Foreign Minister discussed surveillance with Hillary Clinton

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Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday and among topics on the agenda was the controversial surveillance conducted by the Americans in Oslo over the past 10 years.

Støre told Norwegian media that he hadn’t intended to bring up other touchy subjects of late, such as the US criticism of Norway’s anti-terrorism efforts that emerged in WikiLeaks documents earlier this week. Both Norwegian and US officials also seem to be trying to put the surveillance issue to rest, even though an investigation is proceeding into whether it was illegal.

A US State Department spokesman told the SpyTalk blog featured on the Washington Post (external link) that Clinton “welcome the opportunity to discuss our Surveillance Detection Program with Foreign Minister Støre, and to reiterate our commitment to address any questions the Government of Norway might have on this or any other matter.”

The substance of the talks between Støre and Clinton, however, was not disclosed.

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