The Norwegian government has convened the US ambassador this Thursday to personally express its discomfort at the alleged espionage of senior European officials by the North American National Security Agency (NSA) in apparent consultation with Danish intelligence.
Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen met with the US ambassador in Oslo, to whom he made it clear that the surveillance of allies was “unacceptable” and “unnecessary,” according to a message from the ministry on Twitter.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg has also confirmed this subpoena, although she applauds that Washington has already made it clear that the espionage tactics changed in 2014 and that there is an explicit commitment to investigate the incident, the NTB Broadcast agency said on public television.
Solberg also discussed the issue with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen, with whom he spoke on the phone on Thursday to make it clear that espionage between allied countries makes no sense. However, the current government of Denmark has already distanced itself from possible involvement with an express condemnation.
The controversy stems from information released earlier this week by a European media consortium relating to wiretapping of text messages and phone calls by senior European officials from Germany, France, Sweden and Norway.