Denmark: no sign US surveillance was illegal

Denmark's intelligence service says it has known since 2004 that the U.S. Embassy conducts surveillance activities from a location outside the mission's premises.

The PET agency says it told U.S. officials last week it has no problem with such activities as long as they are linked to ensuring security at the embassy.

PET chief Jakob Scharf said Tuesday that embassy officials confirmed that the activities comply with Danish law.

A Norwegian TV report about the U.S. surveillance activities has sparked concerns in Nordic countries over whether they violate privacy laws.

The U.S. says its "surveillance detection program" is designed to detect suspicious activities near U.S. facilities and was started after the deadly 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa.

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