Book puts UN climate summit security at risk: Minister
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Last Updated: Friday, September 25, 2009, 23:54
Copenhagen: Denmark fears that security at the upcoming UN climate conference will be compromised by revelations in a book by a former Danish commando, the Politiken newspaper reported on Friday.

Defence Minister Soeren Gade told a parliamentary committee yesterday that details about summit security were among the reasons the Danish military tried -- unsuccessfully -- to ban the book, it said, citing several unnamed sources.

Much of Staff Sergeant Thomas Rathsack's book "Hunter: With the Elite at War" deals with the work of Denmark's elite Jaegerkorpset (Huntsmen Corps) special forces unit in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But it also mentions security measures taken for a European Union summit in Copenhagen in 2002 -- including how EU leaders in an emergency would have been rescued from their hotel-room windows by rappelling soldiers.

With support from the defence ministry, the Danish armed forces tried to get the book banned on grounds of military secrecy, notably invoking the security of Danish soldiers in Afghanistan.

But a court refused its request, saying excerpts had already appeared in Politiken a few days earlier and were widely available on the Internet.

More than half of Denmark's police officers are being mobilised for the two-week UN climate change conference in December that will see a number of heads of state and government in Copenhagen.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 25, 2009, 23:54

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