JAKARTADAILY.ID - Denmark warned on Thursday of a growing espionage danger from Russia, China, Iran, and others, including in the Arctic area, where major nations compete for commodities and maritime routes, Reuters reported Thursday (January 13, 2022).
According to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service report, there have been countless attempts at spying on Denmark by those aforementioned countries. Furthermore, they tried to contact students, researchers, and businesses in order to acquire data on Danish research and technology.
"The threat from foreign intelligence activities against Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands has increased in recent years," Anders Henriksen, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service's chief of counterintelligence, said in a report.
The report referenced a 2019 event in which a falsified letter claiming to be from Greenland's foreign minister was sent to a U.S. senator announcing an impending referendum on independence.
"It is highly likely that the letter was fabricated and shared on the Internet by Russian influence agents, who wanted to create confusion and a possible conflict between Denmark, the USA, and Greenland," the report mentioned.
Greenland and the Faroe Islands are both sovereign regions of Denmark and members of the Arctic Council forum. However, the majority of their international and security affairs are handled by Copenhagen.
On the other hand, Vladimir Barbin, Russia's ambassador to Denmark denied the claim. He said that the allegations "should be solely considered as an operation to cover up the scandal with the Danish authorities having provided the U.S. National Security Agency with access to communication cables that run through Danish territory".
For instance, Reuters reported in November that a Chinese scientist at the University of Copenhagen collaborated on genetic studies with the Chinese military without reporting the affiliation.
Both the Chinese and Iranian governments have not responded or commented about the allegations.