Something Rotten in the State of Denmark?

When searching and snooping around on Twitter using #denmark I stumbled upon a story from WikiLeaks:

The headline drew me in, and the story from Telesur discusses allegations made by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange towards the now ex Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a former neoliberal Danish prime minister, and when he was appointed as new Secretary General in 2009, it was quite a big deal in Denmark, putting our small country on the (political) map.

The allegations made by Julian Assange adresses the way Anders Fogh Rasmussen was elected as Secretary General, saying that it was made through “shady backroom deals”. It all began in 2007 when the Kurdish TV station Roj TV started broadcasting in Denmark. Because of a long conflict between the Kurdish and Turkish people, the Tyrkish embassy in Denmark wanted the TV station shut down (because it was also broadcasting into Turkey) and made allegations that the TV station was promoting and being supported by terrorists. To make a long story short, Assange claims that the Danish government closed the TV station down with no real evidence of terrorist connections, being under pressure from Turkey and the United States, both countries not interested in allowing the Kurds to have a platform of free speech. In return for closing the station down, Turkey promised to vote for Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the Secretary General elections.

The leak of documents from WikiLeaks actually came out in 2010, roughly half a year after Fogh Rasmussen var elected, but have recently been brought to the surface again, due to Assange’s interview on Telesur as well as Fogh Rasmussen being a current topic in the media because he is leaving his post as Secretary General.

Some hours later the Danish media picked up on the story from Telesur and the Danish newspaper Berlingske published a story on their website, which was then retweeted by WikiLeaks:

The Danish article is much shorter, and does not explain the situation in as much detail as the story from international media.

Borrowing a headline from Telesurs article: Is (or was) something rotten in the State of Denmark? Either way it is very bad press for Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Denmark, as the story spreads across Twitter and other microblogging platforms.

Roj TV is currently appealing the case at the European Court of Human Rights. Follow the links in the tweets for the full story in English and Danish.

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