9 July 08
Sweden's new surveillance law will enable the National Defence Radio
Establishment (FRA) to scan massive quantities of Russian computer and
telecom data, Svenska Dagbladet reports.
Information gleaned by the signal intelligence agency can then be used
as currency when trading data with other western countries.
Despite the headaches the bill has caused since entering parliament in
2007, the government has never revealed the true purpose of the law, SvD
Several sources close to the Swedish intelligence community told the
newspaper that the controversial new eavesdropping law was primarily
intended to keep track of Russian communications.
"Our geographical position means that 80 percent of Russia's contacts
with large parts of the world travel through cables in Sweden. That is
the core of the issue," said one source.
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