Sweden was one of the few countries in the West that received American deserters, and those who actively campaigned against the war. Sweden also had a large and powerful anti-war movement, which irritated the White House of the time.
The CIA finally released 700 pages of documents, referred to by the agency itself as its ”family jewels”, on secret and illegal operations this week, revealling that Stockholm was among ten cities deemed by the agency to be worth particular attention.
Others cities on the list included Paris, Brussels, Algiers, Mexico City, Ottawa and Hong Kong.
The documents confirm long-held suspicions in Sweden that the US kept a close watch on the country’s anti-war movement. The CIA was particularly interested in a series of eight conferences organised by Swedish non-governmental organisations, held in the late 60’s and early 70’s, that provided a focus for the anti-Vietnam war movement.