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Why did Denmark help the US spy on its European allies?

By Amelie Theussen, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Management, University of Southern Denmark
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“Systematic wiretapping of close allies is unacceptable,” came a recent comment from Danish Defence Minister Trine Bramsen. And yet, it appears this is exactly what Denmark has been doing. Bramsen was responding to reporting that revealed the Danish Defence Intelligence Service (Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste, or FE) had cooperated with the US National Security Agency (NSA) to enable spying on several European partners and close allies.

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