Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix

Carl Bildt defends FRA surveillance as 'necessary'

Sweden's foreign minister says reporting of Edward Snowden's leaks will help the image of this country's surveillance operations.

"I am convinced that it is a national necessity for Sweden to have a well-functioning intelligence service," says Carl Bildt to Swedish Radio News. "We live in a more uncertain world. Look at what's happening in Syria, at the Swedes who may suffer. We have to follow developments and not see it as a problem."

But Foreign Minister Bildt does not want to comment on concrete accusations that Sweden helped the NSA in hacking, "I don't know. I have work to do, instead of reading newspapers," says Carl Bildt.

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