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Security service staff found not guilty of leaking secrets

July 16, 2010
July 14, 2010

Two former AIVD security service officials have
been found not guilty of leaking state secrets to
a Telegraaf newspaper journalist.

The public prosecution department had called for
up to three years in jail. It claims the two
passed on confidential information about the
Dutch position on Iraq and security during a visit by the Dalai Lama.

The information led to two Telegraaf exclusives.

In their efforts to trace the leaks, the security
service tapped the phones of several Telegraaf
journalists, which was ruled illegal in court last year.

The court said that the evidence against the two
had been obtained as a result of the illegal
taps, and therefore is inadmissible in court.


In one exclusive, the paper accused AIVD staff of
simply copying reports about Iran's alleged
weapons of mass destruction from Britain's M16
and other foreign security services, without any
independent verification of the facts. The
Netherlands supported the invasion of Iraq partly on the basis of AIVD reports.

The second focused on claims that threats had
been made against the Dalai Lama during his visit
to the Netherlands in June 2009.

The public prosecution department is to appeal against the decision.
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