Head of PST steps down, PST staff do not want another political appointment
Janne Kristiansen, head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), announced last night that she is stepping down as leader of the PST. The announcement came hours after her apparent slip of the tongue during the 7/22 hearing in parliament in which she revealed that Norway’s military intelligence service has operative agents in Pakistan.
PST boss: “I said wrong”
When VG confronted Janne Kristiansen with the statements immediately after the hearings, she tried to dampen the impact of what she had said.
“I said wrong, I thought the police liaison officer. He is our point of contact in Pakistan,” said the PST-chief to VG.
Late yesterday afternoon, when Parliament set out its shorthand minutes of the hearing, it was not made any corrections. There was also no correction of Kristiansen’s statements on the PST website.
During the hearing revealed Kristiansen, the Norwegian intelligence service has agents on the ground in Pakistan. Within hours after refereratet was published, she pulled out as head of the Police Security Service (PST)….
Original article: PST-sjefen: – Jeg sa feil
Janne Kristiansen’s leadership of the PST has been turbulent. Former Justice Minister, Knut Storberget (Labor), encouraged her to apply for the position, and NRK writes that her appointment has been considered by many as a political decision.
Second-in-command, Roger Berg, will act as head of PST for the time being. Employee representative, Lasse Roen, says to NRK that they wish to have a say in who becomes the new leader of their organization, and that they oppose another political appointment.
The appointment of Janne Kristiansen as the new manager of PST was also turbulent.
Kristiansen was appointed by Storberget after she had been encouraged to seek the job of the same minister.
Many believed that Storberget had a pure political appointment.
Now ask the employees that they also may be heard when a new chief to be elected.
“Trade unions now expect to be consulted on who should be appointed CEO of PST,” says Lasse Roen.
According to the representative, Roger Berg, who will now serve as chief until further strong support in the organization, and that he therefore should be one of several candidates.
“It is nevertheless important that a new pst manager has experience of leading an emergency response organization PST,” and the least experience in our sector, says Roen.
Does that mean that a new political appointment would be undesirable?
- Yes it will say, answer Roen.
Original article: Mange tårer da Janne Kristiansen tok farvel med sine ansatte
According to Aftenposten, the special unit of the police force (Internal Affairs) has begun investigating whether Kristiansen’s remarks regarding strictly confidential matters constitute a criminal offense.
Retired PST manager Janne Kristiansen’s statements in Parliament Wednesday investigated by the Special Unit for Police Affairs.
It confirms the Special Unit Manager Jan-Egil Presthus to Aftenposten.no.
PST Manager Janne Kristiansen revealed highly classified information in Parliament on Wednesday confirmed Justice Grete Faremo (AP) during a press conference Thursday morning….
Original article: Spesialenheten starter etterforskning av PST-sjefens uttale
In his compendium, “2083 – A European Declaration of Independence,” Anders Behring Breivik commented on the appointment of Janne Kristiansen, describing her as a Labor Party plant without relevant expertise:
“The head of PST, Janne Kristiansen, has never even worked as an intelligence officer, and is nothing more than a planted Labour Party agent, placed to lead the PST, against the will of most PST employees.”
“2083 – A European Declaration of Independence” [opens pdf]