Officials deny hacking into news service

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14 November 2007, RIJSWIJK – The two press officers at the Ministry of Social Affairs deny ever illicitly using or breaking into the news service of the GPD press agency in order to gather secret information.

14 November 2007

RIJSWIJK – The two press officers at the Ministry of Social Affairs deny ever illicitly using or breaking into the news service of the GPD press agency in order to gather secret information.

This is contained in an interview with the two that appeared in the AD today.

The two officials say that another spokesperson had asked one of them to look at the GPD news stories to check whether changes to an interview with Minister Piet Hein Donner had been made as promised.

The two officials say they are "very shaken." "Even the children's news journal was reporting that we might have to go to prison, our children were watching that."

They think it is important for everyone to know what really happened, and especially what did not happen. The two say they never intended to break into or make illicit use of the GPD's information.

They did use each other's login codes to look at pieces written by themselves and by colleagues. They admit that this was probably not the smartest move, but they never had any intention of "spying."

Director and editor in chief of the GPD Marcel van Lingen says in the AD that he understands the reaction from the two officials, but says their defence is "nonsense." "Whatever the intention was, they still did it."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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