Dutch NATO official flagged as security risk
An AIVD investigation suggested there was a risk that the senior official was willing to blackmail.
The Hague – The Dutch domestic security service (AIVD) has withdrawn the security clearance of a top Dutch NATO official stationed in the United States, the agency confirmed Thursday.
The secret service agency issued a statement on the matter largely directed at Dutch newspaper de Telegraaf which reported on the incident Thursday.
The official's security clearance was withdrawn earlier in 2009.
Without the clearance necessary to hold a sensitive post, the employee was removed from office and recalled from the United States.
He was stationed at NATO's Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. The command is charged with the modernisation of the 28-nation alliance.
An AIVD investigation suggested there was a risk that the senior official, who had access to highly sensitive information, would sell or use the information for blackmail.
The official has appealed against AIVD's decision.
AIVD is responsible for issuing security clearances, which includes investigating security clearance applicants and those holding information-sensitive positions.
The agency emphasised it's decision in no way reflected the person's competence.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica