Spooks unmasked royal gossip, magazine says

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4 February 2005AMSTERDAM — Gossip magazine Privé has always prided itself on having the scoop on life inside the Dutch Royal family. But that was before the Dutch intelligence service AIVD was drafted in to catch its "important" source in the palace.

4 February 2005

AMSTERDAM — Gossip magazine Privé has always prided itself on having the scoop on life inside the Dutch Royal family. But that was before the Dutch intelligence service AIVD was drafted in to catch its "important" source in the palace.

Prive's editor-in-chief Evert Santegoeds has told the more high-brow Vrij Nederland publication that Prive's source in Queen Beatrix's residence Huis ten Bosch was caught after the AIVD tapped telephone calls and shadowed the magazine's writers. The person giving information to the magazine was then sacked by Queen Beatrix.

"The Royal Family thought it was awful that Privé was able to describe the wedding dress Maxima was going to wear long before the the wedding [to Crown Prince Willem-Alexander]," Santegoeds said.

"The RVD (Government Information Service) was driven crazy by the fact we knew before it did about the Royal Family's holiday plans," the Privé boss said.

Santegoeds said untraceable telephone calls were listened into and a reporter on the way to meet the source had to drive around a roundabout twice to shake off the agents following him. "It appears to me a whole lot of taxpayers' money was spent to track down the source."

The RVD, however, denies any palace employees had been sacked for leaking information to the media. RVD spokesperson Chris Breedveld declined to discuss the suggestions the AIVD was involved in a mole hunt in the palace.

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Subject: Dutch news, Dutch royal family

 

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