The American secret service CIA ran secret operations in the Netherlands without informing the Dutch authorities, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.
The conflict led to the CIA chief in The Hague leaving the country in 2005, the paper says, quoting ‘well-informed sources’. It says the affair has been kept quiet so as not to damage the relationship between the two countries.
The chairwoman of the government’s secret service supervisory committee confirmed the CIA chief was replaced, the paper says.
The CIA’s involvement in clandestine activities emerged when Dutch security agents were working on the spreading of nuclear technology, the Telegraaf claims, without giving dates.
At one point, Dutch security officials had installed secret cameras and microphones at the house of a businessman, when the CIA suddenly arrived to do the same thing.
The paper says that the new CIA chief has a ‘more diplomatic’ approach to his work.
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