Denmark’s foreign intelligence chief has been remanded in custody amid allegations he was involved in the leak of “highly classified” information.
Lars Findsen, 57, is one of four current and former Danish intelligence workers who were arrested in December for the alleged leak.
Findsen is now the only suspect to remain in custody as Danish authorities continue to investigate.
Unconfirmed information from state broadcaster DR suggests that classified information has been passed on to Danish media.
However, the case is being conducted behind closed doors, which means that the exact charges and details of sensitive information have not been publicly disclosed.
At a hearing in Copenhagen on Monday, Findsen called the situation “completely insane”.
He told reporters: “I want the charges laid and I plead not guilty.”
The news broke through Danish media after the court lifted a reporting ban.
A judge must decide how long Findsen will stay in detention.
DR claimed in 2020 that the Danish Defense Intelligence Service shared raw data from information cables with the United States National Security Agency, potentially giving the organization access to personal data and private communications Danish citizens.
The Danish prosecution declined to comment on the case.
In another case, the spy chief and four other officials were suspended in August 2020 after being accused of serious wrongdoing by an independent council overseeing the intelligence unit.
But the suspensions were lifted after a commission of inquiry dismissed the allegations.
Findsen previously headed the Police Intelligence Service until 2007 before being appointed Head of Department at the Danish Defense Ministry.
He became head of the Danish Defense Intelligence Service in 2015.