NIS-chief: - Necessary to «closely monitor» Russia

Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen admits that the NIS pays close attention to what is happening in Russia.

CONFIRMS Head of the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS), Kjell Grandhagen, confirms that the NIS is conducting surveillance on Russia.Foto: Jacques Hvistendahl / Dagbladet
CONFIRMS Head of the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS), Kjell Grandhagen, confirms that the NIS is conducting surveillance on Russia.Foto: Jacques Hvistendahl / Dagbladet Vis mer
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The chief of the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS ) service, Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen, will not comment on the details of the unique document from National Security Agency (NSA) that Dagbladet has gained access to.The document, part of the so-called Snowden documents, proves that Norway and the NIS play a leading role in the monitoring of Russia, Russian politicians, military and civilian targets.- Why Russia is important for the NIS?- Norway's proximity to Russia, the development of Russian society and Russia's significant military force in the vicinity of Norway, makes it necessary to pay close attention. But the NIS does not engage in industrial espionage, says Kjell Grandhagen to Dagbladet.

Close cooperation - The document Dagbladet that have accessed is an internal NSA document that the NIS has not previously seen. The document describes how the NSA views Norwegian intelligence capabilities and intelligence targets and how they see the cooperation between the NIS and the NSA, says the Lieutenant General to Dagbladet.

- The document bears evidence of being authored by an American officer, and the NIS will not necessarily stand behind all of the formulations used, says Grandhagen. Norwegian laws Grandhagen says that the Norwegian Intelligence Service abroad follow Norwegian law.

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