October 2, 2007
THE HAGUE, 02/10/07 - A highly placed official at the Military
Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) has lost very secret
information from the US National Security Agency (NSA). He has been
sentenced behind closed doors for this, according to newspaper De
As one of the leaders of the MIVD department of Interceptions, the 48
year old man from Utrecht had access to the very secret data coming from
the NSA. This US security services listens into the worldwide telecom
and Internet traffic of terrorists and top criminals.
The MIVD official, described as L.K., was sentenced by the district
court in The Hague in a closed session to 120 hours of community service
for violating official secrecy, according to the newspaper. The matter
apparently concerned losing a memory stick containing information about
investigations by the NSA given the stamp of top secret.
The newspaper bases its report on "intelligence sources." The defence
ministry refuses all comment on the affair, which is extremely sensitive
in relations with the US.
According to the indictment, the man had been careless with the
information between June 2005 and January 2006. He apparently reported
the loss of the USB stick to the head of the MIVD himself at the
beginning of 2006. He was suspended, after which the prosecution was
launched which has now led to conviction.
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