Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Court: Intelligence Service Illegally Tapped Phones

The Amsterdam court has determined that the General Intelligence Service AIVD broke the law of freedom of press by tapping the phones of journalists of the Telegraaf daily. Tapping, following and observance of journalists is illegal. The court decided that both the AIVD and the Dutch state have been unable to show that security of the state or the function of the intelligence service has been endangered by publication of information. Minister of the Interior Guusje ter Horst (Labor) had personally given permission to the AIVD to listen to phone calls of Telegraaf journalists.

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