been accused of illegally spying on hundreds of people in Norway,
Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland.
the five countries expressed their unhappiness at surveillance tactics
that were conducted without the knowledge of the individual nations’
officials informed the Norwegian government about the operation
which was aimed at terror suspects.
In other instances,
it has stated it has ‘nothing to hide’. But Danish security services
have stated they will begin an investigation into the matter if
evidence of illegal surveillance is uncovered.
dispute erupted on November 3 when Norwegian media outlet TV2 screened
a report stating that a group of US agents has been surveilling
15 to 20 Norwegian for 10 years, mostly at various rallies.
It stated potential
terrorists were photographed, and the information was sent to Washington,
to prevent terrorist attacks against U.S. embassies.
of the U.S. State Department, Philip Crowley, said that the Norwegian
authorities were notified about their covert operation.
‘We are implementing
the program throughout the world and are vigilant against people
who can keep track of our embassies, as we understand that our diplomatic
missions are a potential target,’ said Mr Crowley.
disagrees and a representative of the American embassy was called
to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry for an explanation, according
to Russian online newspaper Pravda.
When the Norwegian
case became public knowledge, Denmark also raised its concerns about
the surveillance of its citizens.