Sweden’s wiretap law targets Russia

Russia is the real target of Sweden’s new wiretap law. The law allows the Swedish authorities to comb through Russian data and telecom traffic that passes via Sweden. The authorities will use the data in bartering information with other Western states. The fact that the new law is mainly directed against Russia was confirmed by several sources close to the Swedish intelligence services, Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet reports.

— Due to our geographical location, around 80% of Russia’s contacts with much of the rest of the world goes through cables via Sweden. This is the jist of the matter. The fact that the Government, the Defence Forces, and other authorities need information about Russia is the strongest reason why the new law was enacted, says a source with access to Sweden’s intelligence activity and international operations.

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Svenska Dagbladet, 09.07.2008

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