Plasterk: Snowden revelations have harmed Netherlands




The secrets that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has brought out the importance of having the state “seriously affected”. That said Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior Tuesday in the House.

“The importance of the state has been seriously damaged by the leaking of the Snowden data,” said Plasterk in the Chamber. “This makes a lot of information about how the NSA came out, but it turns out also about the methods of other intelligence agencies, including the Dutch,” he said. That he probably was referring to a graph of the NSA program Boundless Informant which covered Dutch draining activities.

According Plasterk, who is responsible for the AIVD, there should be generally about the way intelligence is expressed outwardly. Minimize “That’s a hard and fast rule.” Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert Minister of Defence who DISS under him, agrees. “We want to bring out as much as possible, because we do not want to watch people who have less fun for us, in our cards,” she said in the Chamber. Publicity may impair safety, “how the information may seem superficial,” emphasized Hennis-Plasschaert.

The revelation last week that the Dutch intelligence services were behind the collection of metadata 1.8 million, was also detrimental to the Dutch state, suggested Plasterk. However, the alternative was the risk that the court could rule that the Dutch intelligence services may share information with foreign intelligence services is no longer a matter Plasterk said. “That would put us in a difficult position,” said the minister. Then the Dutch interests would be prejudiced in his more serious now.

Last week, the Cabinet yet to bring out the origin, the lawsuit against Plasterk was the immediate reason for it. The plaintiffs in the case, including journalists, activists and lawyers want the government is prevented to use as they are not legally obtained. Dates of foreign intelligence In addition, the 1.8 million metadata records were used as examples. Fearing that the judge into account the fact that the origin of the sample metadata has yet been made public.

Plasterk offered in the House apologizes for the confusion about the origin of the 1.8 million metadata. Plasterk suggested in television programs and the House that the NSA had obtained, by spying on Dutch Netherlands but appeared to have collected and provided information to the NSA. Metadata itself It is metadata about satellite.

The opposition in parliament is angry that Plasterk has sown confusion, but also that the House was not informed when the Cabinet was told that the Netherlands was himself behind the data collection directly. The government knew that the end of November, but only last week that information made public. “Without that case we never knew where that data came from,” said Socialist Party MP Ronald van Raak in parliament.

NRC Boundless Informant

The graph of Boundless Informant with Dutch tapcijfers. Source: NRC

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