|US suspends surveillance operation in Norway|
| [05.11.2010, 04:18pm, Fri. GMT]|
|The United States has temporarily suspended controversial surveillance operations in Norway aimed at protecting its embassy, reports said Friday. Norwegian officials including the ministers of justice and foreign affairs reacted strongly Thursday to reports that the US secretly commissioned surveillance of hundreds of Norwegian nationals believed to pose a threat to US interests, such as their embassy in Oslo.The surveillance was mainly conducted by former Norwegian police officers.|
Oslo daily VG on Friday quoted unnamed US officials as saying the operations had been halted until Norwegian authorities had clarified whether the surveillance operation violated Norwegian law.
On Thursday, US State Department spokesman PJ Crowley told reporters in Washington that the US embassy worked closely with the Norwegian government to ensure proper security arrangements were in place, but would not comment on specific procedures.
'How much the host nation government knows about specific activities, I can't say,' Crowley said. 'But everything that we do is fully consistent with our security arrangements that we have with any host nation government anywhere in the world, including Norway.'
In a related development, Danish broadcaster TV2 reported that a US unit had carried out similar surveillance near the US embassy in Copenhagen.