"Little Sticks in the Wheel
of Hate and Revenge"..
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Support Site for Frank Grevil - The Whistleblowing Danish Intelligence Officer who was Imprisoned! Original text from "The Nuclear Resister" newsletter..
Danish military intelligence officer Major Frank Grevil has completed a four-month prison sentence for leaking classified reports that contradicted official Danish statements about Iraq¹s "weapons of mass destruction". With credit for good time, he served less than three months and was released on September 10.
Retired Col. Ann Wright tells Grevil¹s story in her new book (coauthored with Susan Dixon) Dissent - Voices of Conscience: Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq :
Denmark was among the first countries to join the Coalition of the Willing [...] In August 2002, the Danish government asked its military intelligence service to produce intelligence estimates on Iraq¹s weapons of mass destruction. [Grevil] helped write these classified WMD intelligence reports for Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The reports, from August 2002 until March 2003, clearly and consistently stated that there was no evidence that Iraq had any weapons of mass destruction.
The day before the invasion of Iraq, Prime Minister Rasmussen told the Danish Parliament, "Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. This is not something we just believe. We know." Grevil was stunned. To convince Parliament to vote to go to war, Rasmussen completely ignored the intelligence reports.
In fact, in July 2002, Secretary of State Powell had told the Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Per Stig Moeller, that the U.S. had decided to remove Saddam Hussein from power by any means necessary. Much evidence reveals that Danish leaders knew the U.S. decision to go to war in Iraq was not based on WMD but was focused on regime change. And yet, during the five months before the war began, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs told Parliament more than 100 times that "the conflict was about disarming Iraq."
Frank Grevil was deeply disturbed that his Prime Minister was distorting the intelligence on WMD to make the case for war. He believed that Parliament hadn¹t received the information it needed to make an informed decision whether to go to war. But for almost a year, he kept his frustrations to himself. When no WMD were found in Iraq, the Parliament began hotly debating the prewar intelligence. In January 2004, Grevil approached two Danish journalists and told them the Prime Minister had misled Parliament and the country in making the case for war. The journalists told him they needed hard evidence, and after a few days, Grevil decided to leak the intelligence reports he had helped write. "I couldn¹t as a democratic citizen live with the fact that the government was withholding crucial documents," he told Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman eight months later. "It was my conscience that led me to provide these documents."
In February 2004, the headline story "that there had in fact been no credible evidence that Iraq had possessed" WMD ran in Berlingske Tidende, one of Denmark¹s three major newspapers, and the Prime Minister denied the story. By March, Danish police identified Grevil as the source of the leak and arrested him for revealing state secrets. Grevil confessed and was "dismissed" from his job, tried, and sentenced to six months in prison, later reduced to four months.
In late 2006, the two journalists and their editor were acquitted of leaking state secrets and "undermining state security" by printing the classified reports.
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International Whistle-blower Award to Frank Grevil
Frank Grevil recieving the award from former Chief Analyst in CIA Ray McGovern (right) and former reciever of the award Katharine Gun (left) at a meeting in "Politikens Hus" in Denmark. Photo: Keld Navntoft
On Jan. 26, 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, former Danish military intelligence officer Frank Grevil was given the Sam Adams award for integrity in intelligence, for his courage to stand up, risking even jail-sentence, in order to make Democracy work. Along with only very few people, he spoke up against the misuse of intelligence by goverments who made false statements about Iraq¹s "weapons of mass destruction", says former CIA intelligence Chief analyst Ray McGovern, who handed over the Award.
Greeting from Frank..
Franks greeting at the day of his release 10.09.2008:
To Mary Kelly:
I presume, you're *the* Mary Kelly, the famous Irish activist, whose mock trial we've all been following from time to time. I'm very honoured, that you would make a comment on this homepage.
To everybody – in Ireland and elsewhere:
When I'm released in two and a half hours, I can take up my daily living as a single father and provider. I once thought, naively, that only totalitarian regimes would attack the children of their internal critics, but I now realize, that this also happens in so-called democracies. Or is it that Denmark has become a totalitarian regime?
All the best
Protester performs Guard of Honour for Frank..
Protester Jens performing the "Guard of Honour for Frank Grevil" in front of
Horserød State Penitentiary. His initiative has brougt widespread attention to Franks case and imprisonment.
Greeting from Frank..
Franks greeting before incarceration:
Before going on a forced long summer vacation, I couldn't help considering the possibility of taking the aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 one step further. Please read this Wikipedia article: http://tinyurl.com/3tafjw (in particular "Allegations concerning the legality of the conflict").
As far as I understand modern international law, the immunity traditionally granted to state leaders becomes invalid in respect of crimes against peace and humanity. This means that once a case has been submitted to The International Criminal Court, our leaders will suddenly find themselves nowhere safe – even if still in office – because all signatories to the UN Charter will be obliged to arrest them and hand them over to the Criminal Court.
I may be naive, but has such action ever been contemplated? And if so, what was the result?