Foreign Minister Carl Bildt .Photo: Scanpix

Online spying not on the agenda in Obama talks

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told the Associated Press on Monday that the government will not be raising the sensitive issue of U.S. government surveillance with President Obama during his visit on Wednesday. Internet freedom activists, including Sweden's Pirate Party, plan to protest against US online spying during the visit in Stockholm.

"We are not entirely innocent ourselves," Bildt said in a phone interview with AP. "We conduct both intelligence and security operations on the net. But they are regulated by law. And we have stringent safeguards and monitoring of them."

He also said that the European Union is already in discussions about "data privacy" issues with the United States.

Anna Troberg a spokeswoman for the Pirate Party, told AP. "It is astonishing and awful that they don't want to raise this issue."

She hopes that thousands of Swedes will join a peaceful demonstration planned for Wednesday afternoon.

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