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Danish man gets stuck in museum chimney

A 40-year-old local man’s strange rooftop escapades in Stubbekøbing on the island of Falster ended when he got stuck in the chimney of a local museum.

Danish man gets stuck in museum chimney
Not the actual chimney. Photo: Adrian Scottow/Flickr
“On Sunday morning we received a report about someone running around on some sheds and roofs in Stubbekøbing. He continued to Stubbekøbing Museum, where he ran along the ridge. At some point he either jumped into or fell into the chimney,” Lolland-Falster Police spokesman Anders Mikkelsen told news agency Ritzau.  
 
 
The man fell some six to seven metres down the chimney, where he was stuck and unable to move. 
 
Mikkelsen said that a rescue crew had to break through the museum door and then cut a hole in the chimney to get the man out. 
 
The 40-year-old wasn’t injured in the incident, but his ftime in atight spots wasn’t over. When police ran the unwanted museum guest’s information, they found that he was wanted on charges related to his recent release from Jyderup State Prison.  
 
Mikkelsen was unable to explain what brought the man up to the rooftop on the first place. 

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CRIME

Former head of Danish intelligence charged over leaks

Danish prosecutors on Friday charged the country's former military intelligence chief with leaking state secrets, following a scandal over Denmark's cooperation with US intelligence.

Former head of Danish intelligence charged over leaks
The prosecution authority said Lars Findsen was accused of “having divulged secrets important to national security on several occasions and… under particularly aggravated circumstances”.
 
The details of the investigation are classified, but the case comes after Danish media reported that the Danish intelligence services had cooperated with the US National Security Agency (NSA).
 

Findsen, who was suspended in August 2020 without public explanation, was subsequently held in custody from December 2021 to February 2022. He insists he is innocent.

 
“I never divulged any state secrets. I reject the allegations”, he told Danish news agency Ritzau in June, criticising the handling of the case as “ridiculous”.
 

Prosecutors accuse Findsen of leaking state secrets and other confidential information after his suspension to six people, including two journalists, over a period of up to 17 months.

 
The leaks could “harm relations with other intelligence service partners and make their work more difficult if their work methods were revealed”, prosecutor Jakob Berger Nielsen said.
 
“Trust in the (Danish) intelligence service’s ability to protect sensitive information may have been weakened,” he added.
 
The prosecution said it would request a trial behind closed doors. A date has yet to be set.
 
While Denmark never publicly revealed why Findsen and the other agents were suspended, there have been suspicions that his service conducted illegal surveillance.
 
The government accused them of hiding “crucial information” and providing “false information to the authorities” between 2014 and 2020.
 
In May 2021, an investigation by several Danish media revealed that the NSA used Danish underwater cables to spy on officials in France, Germany, Norway and Sweden until at least 2014.
 
Former German chancellor Angela Merkel was among the NSA’s targets.
 
The revelations sparked an international scandal and the four countries demanded explanations from Washington and Copenhagen.
 
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