Released spy answered questions

Frode Berg met Tuesday with members of the special parliamentary commission charged with controlling Norway’s secretive intelligence-gathering agencies. Some politicians think the head of the agency that recruited Berg to be a courier in Russia should be fired. “I was able to speak out about what I felt a need to say,” Berg told reporters […]

Spy chief waits for probe results

The embattled chief of Norway’s military intelligence agency E-tjenesten, Gen Lt Morten Haga Lunde, clearly felt compelled to utter some sort of response as questions fly over the competence of the agency and its agents. He issued a rare press release, to acknowledge a Parliamentary probe into the criticism and complaints of released spy Frode Berg. […]

Norway grateful for Lithuania’s help

Amidst all the Norwegian media hype over Russia’s release of convicted spy Frode Berg, Norway’s government has stressed what it called the “crucial” assistance it received from Lithuanian officials. Lithuania facilitated the spy swap needed to bring Berg home, and that points up strong ties between the two countries ever since Lithuania’s own release from […]

Russia sentences Berg to 14 years in jail

A Russian court in Moscow found retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg guilty of espionage on Tuesday, and sentenced him to the full 14-year prison term requested by Russian government prosecutors. Berg has opted against filing an appeal, in the hopes Norwegian authorities will find a way to bring him home. The sentence was harsher […]

Espionage trial due to wrap up quickly

After spending 14 months investigating espionage charges against retired Norwegian border inspector Frode Berg, and holding him in prison all along, his trial was due to be over after just two days in court. A Russian prosecutor, meanwhile, claims he’s only suspected of being a courier and not spying for Norway or gathering information on […]

Police boost preparedness

Police departments all over Norway are raising their levels of preparedness to the so-called Alfa level. All police officers have been told to be on the alert to hinder espionage in advance of this autumn’s largest NATO exercise ever. More than 40,000 soldiers and support staff from more than 30 countries will be in Norway […]