Names of foreign agents on forgotten disks

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12 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — The computer disks obtained by journalist Peter R. de Vries contained the names and contact details of staff of the Dutch security service AIVD, as well as agents from the US, UK and other countries.

12 December 2005

AMSTERDAM — The computer disks obtained by journalist Peter R. de Vries contained the names and contact details of staff of the Dutch security service AIVD, as well as agents from the US, UK and other countries.

The revelation was made by De Vries during his television programme on Sunday. His claim that the information on the disks could have endangered lives has caused further embarrassment for the AIVD and the government.

The national detective service launched an investigation last week after De Vries revealed the disks contained personal and sensitive information about populist politician Pim Fortuyn and members of his LPF party.

The openly-gay politician was gunned down by Volkert van der Graaf on 6 May 2002 because of Fortuyn's opposition to immigration.

In the broadcast, De Vries said an informant told the AIVD's regional office (RID) in Rotterdam that Fortuyn, and a local member of the PvdA Labour Party, participated in sexual encounters in gay "dark rooms". The source claimed underage Moroccan drug-addicted males offered their sexual services in the dark rooms in exchange for drugs.

The disks came into the journalist's possession after a member of the RID left them in a car he returned to a leasing company. The new user of the car passed on the unprotected disks to De Vries.

To add to the embarrassment, De Vries said the agent who left the disks in the car claimed in his application letter to the AIVD that he was good at handling confidential information.

De Vries partially identified the man as a 45-year-old former policeman, whose given names are Rudolf Frans.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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