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Individual arrested on suspicion of having carried out unlawful intelligence activities against Sweden

2019-02-27

An individual has been arrested on suspicion of having carried out unlawful intelligence activities against Sweden. A criminal investigation into this matter, headed by a national security prosecutor, is being run by the Security Service.

The individual in question was arrested with the assistance of the Swedish Police in the evening of 26 February 2019 during a meeting in central Stockholm.

“This individual is suspected of having been recruited as an agent by a Russian intelligence officer who was working under diplomatic cover in Sweden," explains Daniel Stenling, Head of Counter-Intelligence at the Swedish Security Service.

The Service has been carrying out intensive intelligence and investigative work in this matter for a long time: it is suspected that the criminal activities have been going on since 2017.

The arrested individual was working in a high-technology sector in Sweden on tasks known by our Service to be the type of intelligence sought after by foreign powers.

“The threat to Sweden is greater than it has been for several years. Technological developments have made state actors’ efforts to gather intelligence in cyberspace more sophisticated. At the same time, the more traditional intelligence-gathering approach, using recruited agents to collect information, is still being used. This combination enables state actors to broaden and deepen their collection of classified information,” says Daniel Stenling.