Swedish prosecutor drops US Embassy spy case

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Posted: Apr 04, 2011 4:38 AM
Swedish prosecutor drops US Embassy spy case

A Swedish prosecutor has dropped an investigation into allegations that US Embassy personnel conducted illegal surveillance in the Nordic country.

Prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand said Monday he couldn't prove that illegal surveillance took place or that any professional secrecy agreements had been breached.

Swedish authorities in November alleged that people linked to the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm had performed surveillance activities in the country since 2000 without their knowledge.

They described the surveillance as photographing and gathering information about individuals in Sweden.

The American Embassy has denied the actions were secret and said they were part of normal security precautions adopted after the 1998 Nairobi and Dar es Salaam embassy bombings.