Helsingin Sanomat: the police searched the house of the journalist that wrote the article about military intelligence
The Finnish police raided the house of journalist of the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (HS) Laura Halminen, who wrote an article about the work of military intelligence of the country. On 18 December he wrote HS.
The searches took place on the evening of 17 December. Police confiscated Halminen laptop, tablet PC, memory card, personal and office phones. The police explained that the raids conducted because of the suspicion in the disclosure of secrets related to national security. According to Helminen, the police did not have search warrants.
Halminen said that before the searches broke the hard drive on your computer to destroy all the information and protect their sources. Then the computer began to smoke, the journalist called the fire Department.
16 Dec HS published an article on the work of the military intelligence in Finland, which used confidential materials and information about the electronic intelligence of the Defensive forces of the country. The next day the Finnish police started a criminal case for passing secret documents to the Defensive forces of the country to journalists of the newspaper.
The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö said that the materials gave the newspaper is illegal, and disclosure of documents with the highest security level can greatly harm the security of the country. The words of the President confirmed by the Minister of defence of Finland Jussi Niinist.
HS said that the media have a duty to tell citizens about what is happening in society. Chief editor of the newspaper kaius Niemi denies that information transferred illegally. According to him, journalists have long tested materials, and published not all data.