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Danish ex-spy boss sentenced for revealing secrets

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Danish ex-spy boss sentenced for revealing secrets
Jakob Scharf in 2009. Photo: Erik Refner/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark's former intelligence chief Jakob Scharf was sentenced on Friday to four months in prison for having betrayed professional secrets in his memoir.

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He revealed confidential information 24 times in the book, in particular regarding the operations of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) and the agency's methods of working, a Copenhagen court said in its judgement seen by AFP.
 
The judges noted that the revelations in "Seven Years at PET: the Era of Jakob Scharf" were done for commercial reasons.
 
Scharf, 52, was the head of PET from 2007 to 2013 at a time when Denmark was the target of attacks following the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
 
The book was written with a journalist from Denmark's newspaper of record, Politiken, which in October 2016 published the memoir to protest against censorship, after authorities had banned the book from being sold.
 
The paper's editor-in-chief in January was fined 50,000 kroner (€6,700) for having defied the ban.

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