US accused of spying in Denmark
Fri Nov 5, 2010 5:43PM
The US Embassy in Copenhagen has allegedly conducted secret surveillance activities in the Danish capital, a media broadcaster in Denmark says.
Denmark's TV-2 commercial broadcaster reported that a unit attached to the US Embassy has been carrying out surveillance activities in Copenhagen.
According to the report, the unit which was made up of at least 14 agents kept tabs on Danish citizens by adding their personal data to a special computer database.
Danish and American authorities have declined to comment on the report so far.
This comes just one day after a similar accusation was leveled against US by Norway's TV-2 News channel on Wednesday.
The channel said that between 15 and 20 people have been hired by the US Embassy in Oslo since 2000 to monitor local residents.
Norway has called on US authorities to provide an explanation.
“We are awaiting clarifications from the American side,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marte Lerberg Kopstad. “We, of course, expect all entities in Norway, including embassies, to follow Norwegian law.”
US Embassy spokesman in Oslo Tim Moore said Washington seeks to "work very closely with host country authorities" on security issues.
"We are prepared to work intensively to address any questions the Norwegian government might have on this or any other matter," Moore added.