Denmark is not the first country you would usually think of when naming countries likely to be involved in underhand spying affairs, but recent revelations prove otherwise. The nation’s sweet image as one of our friendlier Scandanavian countries with happy people and high standards of living has been abruptly smashed in the global media sphere this week. Recent reports have accused Denmark of collaborating with the United States of America (USA) in order to help spy on European leaders, specifically Germany’s Angela Merkel.
The National Security Agency (NSA) of the USA is well known for its meddling in spying, politics and international affairs. Edward Snowden famously revealed leaks that proved the NSA was spying on American citizens via their mobile phones and computer microphones and webcams. The story broke and left Snowden being persecuted continually by the NSA to this day. In its goal to ‘defend vital networks’ and ‘save lives’, the NSA takes action through proactive moves to monitor political leaders around the world and follow international geopolitical affairs.
France and Germany are just some of the bigger European countries to come out and demand answers from Denmark as to the claims made on Danish Public Television in late May 2021. The broadcast focused on the report, commissioned in 2013, that was to investigate Denmark’s role in NSA monitoring of phone calls and other media from Merkle and other European leaders. The report says Denmark acted as an outpost for the US, from which they could wiretap their chosen subjects. It accuses the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS) of collaborating with the US based NSA.
The NSA used cables running under the Danish sea to wiretap the phones of those included in their investigations. The risk of ill-favoured public opinion for the moves seems to have been worth the risk by the Danish authorities, who are believed to prize the political cooperation of the US global power more than the affections of European citizens.