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Radio Sweden Wednesday

Published onsdag 6 september 2006 kl 12.26
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Liberal Party leader Lars Leijonborg (l.) & former Party Secretary Johan Jakobsson (r.)
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They’re calling it Lejongate and Liberalgate:  an internet snooping scandal has hit Sweden’s Liberal Party hard, with two resignations, one time out and lots of speculation on how this will effect the hotly contested Swedish election, just 11 days away. 

We’ll also hear from the Social Democratic Party on speculation that they knew about the computer infringement long before Sunday but chose to sit on that information.  

Ingrid Bergman remains one of the greatest legends of the silver screen, but her life wasn’t always the stuff of celluloid dreams. 

And today marks the first day of our look at the parties battling for power in the upcoming elections.  We’ll be giving you insight into what the parties represent and who they’re appealing to.  First up is the ruling Social Democratic party.

Closing music:  Svante Thuresson – ’Stockholm Blues’

The party secretary of the opposition Liberal Party has resigned, in connection with the scandal over unauthorized access to the rival Social Democrat party’s internal computer network.

Our reporter Bill Schiller has more details on the story and looks at the political ramifications of this scandal, coming so close to the election:

There’s been speculation here that the Social Democrats knew about the snooping for months but sat on that information, choosing to release it when it would be most beneficial to the party. Juan Navas asked Fredrik Kornebäck, a press secretary for the Social Democrat Party, about the speculation and whether or not it was true:

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