Russian spying seen as major threat to Norway
In its annual threat assessment, the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) said that Russian spies have major “damage potential” for Norwegian interests, according to The Local.
“Norway is in the part of the world where intergovernmental problems have traditionally been solved politically. But the security policy developments of recent years give cause for concern,” PST wrote in its threat assessment for 2016, The Local reported.
“We see that more states are using their intelligence agencies in ways that can undermine or weaken our national interests,” the report said.
Russia is seen as a particular threat to Norway.
“Our assessment remains that Russian intelligence has the largest potential to damage Norwegian interests,” PST head Marie Benedicte Bjornland said.
Read alsoNorway sends over 600 asylum seekers back to Russia“[Russian] intelligence services will use all available resources. That includes encouraging, pressuring or threatening its own citizens who have access to sensitive Norwegian information to cooperate. Another instrument will be digital espionage and network operations,” the PST report stated.
Read alsoThe Guardian: UK to send five ships to Baltic as part of NATO buildup against RussiaBjornland said that large-scale digital espionage against Norway and Norwegian interests is already underway and that the nation’s businesses and educational institutions will be targets for illegal activity.