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‘No regrets’ over Islamic terror focus

The former head of Norwegian police intelligence unit PST said she has no regrets that she and her colleagues spent more time monitoring Islamic extremists than right-wing extremists, even though it was the latter who set off terrorist attacks in Oslo last year. Janne Kristiansen still thinks Islamic extremists pose the greatest threat to national […]

Labour opts for openness after all

The Labour Party’s new government minister Hadia Tajik gave in to demands from the parliament on Friday and decided that the testimony of government bureaucrats to the July 22 Commission would be made public after all. Tajik’s predecessor, Anniken Huitfeldt, had ruled that the non-elected bureaucrats would be spared public scrutiny. Tajik had initially upheld […]

Secrecy can stymie Storting’s probe

As more examination of the poor response to last year’s terrorist attacks gets underway in Parliament (Storting) this week, critics are lashing out at a move to keep secret what several top government officials actually told a commission investigating the response. The secrecy, they claim, is totally at odds with the government’s own call for […]

New PST boss known for openness

The new head of Norway’s anti-terror police intelligence unit PST, best known for its secrecy, is herself known as a popular and open police chief from Vestfold County. Marie Benedicte Bjørnland marks a different sort of leader for a security agency that’s been under harsh criticism. Bjørnland, age 47, says she never would have applied […]

Former spy boss let off the hook

The Norwegian agency that investigates possible criminal offenses by on-duty police has dropped its case against Janne Kristiansen, the former head of state police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste). She had faced fines and a jail term for revealing that Norway has intelligence officers in Pakistan. Kristiansen’s major mistake came during a public hearing at […]

Ambassador downplays PST leak

Intelligence chief Janne Kristiansen’s leak of classified information about Norwegian intelligence agents in Pakistan seemed to be taken in stride by Pakistan’s ambassador to Norway on Thursday. He headed to the Foreign Ministry for a crisis meeting, though, just hours after Kristiansen abruptly left her post. Kristiansen resigned under fire after all but admitting that […]

Intelligence chief quits under fire

Janne Kristiansen, embattled chief of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST, resigned on the spot during the night, after making a major blunder at a public hearing on Wednesday: Kristiansen revealed classified information that Norway has intelligence agents working in Pakistan. The intelligence gathering efforts in Pakistan, tied to anti-terrorism efforts, likely come as no surprise, […]

PST boss hangs on to her job

Janne Kristiansen, head of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST, faced her critics on Friday and claimed she had no intention of resigning. She apologized, though, for her lack of clarity in various comments made after last summer’s terrorist attacks. Kristiansen’s boss, new Justice Minister Grete Faremo, had conceded this week that Kristiansen “created confusion” by […]

Pressure builds on intelligence chief

UPDATED: Janne Kristiansen, head of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST, has been called home from a lengthy business trip to the US, to respond to criticism over PST’s failure to follow up a tip about confessed terrorist Anders Behring Breivik. Kristiansen faces a lack of confidence from most of the political parties in parliament. A […]

‘Attacks could have been prevented’

UPDATED: A confidential report from the US Customs Service on the anti-terror program Global Shield suggests the terrorist attacks on Norway last summer could have been prevented, if Norway had stronger and better coordination between its own police and customs officials. Police intelligence unit PST could have registered information it received on Breivik from customs […]