New book

Money, Not "Quiet Diplomacy" Released Hostages

Sweden paid half a million US dollars for the release of two Scandinavian Un-workers in Lebanon 1988, according to a new book by the Norwegian journalist Odd Karsten Tveit.

At the time, the Swedish Foreign Minister Sten Andersson said it was "quiet diplomacy" that helped release the Norwegian William Jørgensen and his Swedish colleague Jan Stening, who had been captured for 3.5 weeks.

The money taken from a "secret fund" at the Swedish Ministry of Defence, according to Tveit, who says he has got first hand sources confirming the story.