Syv År for PET

Title:                      Syv År for PET

Author:                 Morten Skjoldager

Skjoldager, Morten (2016). Syv År for PET (trans. Seven Years with the PET). People’s Press (in Danish)


OCLC: 960740004


Date Posted:      April 26, 2017

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

Discusses the period when Jakob Scharf, former head of the Danish Security Intelligence Service (PET), served that domestic intelligence agency. The book faced two legal injunctions forbidding publication or sales. To counter, Politiken published the entire book as a special supplement of the newspaper, and also put it on their website. This caused PET to abandon the injunction.

The PET made headlines in 2012 after it was revealed that one of its double agents, Morten Storm, infiltrated al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Storm was the co-author of Agent Storm: My Life Inside at Qaeda and the CIA (Atlantic Monthly, 2014)[2]. The book triggered controversy in Denmark because Storm admitted he broke domestic and international law. Scharf, who led the agency from 2007 to 2013, was head of the organization after Denmark became targeted by Islamist extremists, following the publication in 2005 of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

[1] The Intelligencer (xx, x, Fall 2016, p. 139)

[2] Storm, Morten (2014) with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister. Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. New York, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press

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