International media reported last week that Denmark’s domestic intelligence service has warned of rising hostile intelligence activities against Denmark by Russia, China, Iran, and others. According to a Reuters report:
January 13, 2022 Denmark warned on Thursday of a rising espionage threat from Russia, China, Iran and others, including in the Arctic region where global powers are jostling for resources and sea routes. The Danish Security and Intelligence Service said there had been numerous examples of attempted spying on Denmark, whose active global role had helped make it a tempting target. “The threat from foreign intelligence activities against Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands has increased in recent years,” Anders Henriksen, head of counterintelligence at the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, said in a report. […]
The Danish report also said foreign intelligence services — including from China, Russia and Iran — were trying to make contact with students, researchers and companies to harness information on Danish technology and research. Reuters found in November that a Chinese professor at the University of Copenhagen conducted genetic research with the Chinese military without disclosing the connection.
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The intelligence report cited in the Reuters article, titled “Assessment of the Espionage Threat to Denmark” and published by the Danish Politiets Efterretningstjeneste (PET), says the hostile intelligence activities against Denmark also include influence operations conducted primarily by Russia, China, and Iran:
January 13, 2022 PET assesses that the threat from foreign state intelligence activities in Denmark is specific and persistent. The activities include espionage, influence operations, harassment, attempts to illegally procure products, technology and knowledge and, in exceptional cases, outright assassination attempts. In practice, methods and targets vary according to the state actor behind the activities. While the threat primarily emanates from Russia, China and Iran, other states also carry out intelligence activities in Denmark.
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