Dutch intelligence worker arrested

18th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Woman and her partner are accused of leaking secrets to Dutch daily newspaper de Telegraaf.

The Hague – Dutch police arrested an intelligence worker and her boyfriend on Thursday for allegedly leaking state secrets to a journalist, the prosecution service said.

The woman, 39, was a staff member of the General (non-military) Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) and her partner is a former employee, it said in a statement.

They were arrested by a special police department that focuses on crimes allegedly committed by civil servants.

"The police and the prosecution service suspects both individuals of having leaked state secrets in recent months to a journalist of De Telegraaf," a popular daily newspaper, the statement said.

The information was allegedly used in an article on the AIVD's role in advising the Dutch government on the US-led Iraq invasion, and another concerning the safety of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on his recent visit to the Netherlands.

Telegraaf editor Sjuul Paradijs said he was "furious" over a search conducted by investigators Thursday morning at the house of journalist Jolande van der Graaf, describing it on the newspaper's website as "an attack on press freedom."

AFP / Expatica

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