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Update: Russian-swedish spy controversy

by A swedish kind of death Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 08:12:17 AM EST

The russian citizen arrested in february for spying in Sweden has been released. The no longer suspect was working as a scientist at SLU (agricultural university) in Uppsala.

The prosecutor claims to be able to prove only that scientific results and information about individuals at SLU was handed over to the russian embassy, but not that this has caused any harm to neither national security nor any companies in Sweden. Thus there is no case.

I think I commented this as a probable case of incompetent security service in february. I stand by that.

I'm curious, what would Russia be spying on Sweden for?

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by whataboutbob on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 08:22:21 AM EST
I am not sure, everything around this investigation has been hysch-pysch super secret.

SLU does not do any weapons-research (except that weaponsgrade gmo-potato which destills themselves to vodka...) so I do not think the original suspiscion had anything to do with military stuff. Besides the russians already has gotten the complete files twice.

My guess would more be directed towards commercially valuble research which might be held secret if that was part of the deal on financing. That is if a company finance research at a university they might put in non-disclosure clauses. There has been some cases of this kind of spying before, but not from Russia, IIRC.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 09:51:17 AM EST
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How to make lefse?

Seriously, the Swedes have been conducting research into ways to detect and defeat cruise missiles for over a decade now.  Some of the same approaches - acoustical detection, for instance - could also be applied to counter stealth technology.

A person wandering around a campus could learn quite a bit by overhearing conversations, looking in offices, rummaging through trash bins, & etc.

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by ATinNM on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 11:39:21 AM EST
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Yes, but this is a agricultural university. Not much acoustical detection or material sciences going on there.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Apr 8th, 2006 at 03:10:41 PM EST
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