An excellent example of the point Diana was making in her book, American Betrayal.
NOTE: In my opinion, it’s not unlikely that the same Soviet influence exerted upon Denmark’s Social Democrats, was also exerted on not only Finland’s Social Democrats, but also on the others parties as well.
How Soviet Influence Works: Denmark
Written by: Diana West
A fascinating account from October 28, 2013 of a libel trial in Denmark by Dispatch International editor Lars Hedegaard:
Danish Journalist Jørgen Dragsdahl was a KGB agent
With Friday’s acquittal of history professor Bent Jensen for libel, the Danish Superior Court put an end to a seven-year court battle. Jensen was unanimously and comprehensively exonerated and the court determined that he was ”justified” in calling Jørgen Dragsdahl a KGB agent. Dragsdahl (photo above) was also the man behind the Social Democratic Party’s anti-NATO course during the 1980s. It remains to be seen if the party will take this blow to its reputation lying down.
Here we see the curtain drawn back on the identity of an agent of Soviet influence, a “spy” whose mission under consideration is not the theft of secrets but ratherinfluence on policy — the topic under consideration in American Betrayal.
It took Professor Bent Jensen (75) – an acknowledged expert on Soviet and Cold War history – seven years to clear himself of accusations of libel, deliberate lies and manipulation of his sources after writing an article in the daily Jyllands-Posten accusing journalist Jørgen Dragsdahl (64) of having been an influence agent of the Soviet KGB.
In July 2010 Professor Jensen was convicted of libel in the lower court but last Friday a unanimous Eastern Superior Court in Copenhagen acquitted Bent Jensen and ordered the plaintiff to pay Jensen 600.000 DKK plus interests since 2007. In addition to this sum, Dragsdahl has to pay for his own legal expenses reputed to be in the order of a million DKK.
The panel of three judges completely overturned the decision by the lower court.
Observers of the lengthy court proceedings agreed that this outcome was in large part due to the able defense conducted by Professor Jensen’s counsel Karoly Neméth with the aid of law professor Ole Hasselbalch.
Jørgen Dragsdahl had asked the court to punish Bent Jensen for 35 statements accusing him of having been a KBG influence agent and having spread disinformation in the Danish press intended to further Soviet objectives and discredit and endanger Soviet dissidents during the height of the Cold War in the 1980s.
The Superior Court agreed that the 35 statements had indeed harmed Dragsdahl’s reputation but that Professor Jensen had been ”justified” in uttering them.
The court made no determination that Dragsdahl had in fact been a KGB agent – only that Bent Jensen had not been wrong to come to that conclusion. In other words, Jørgen Dragsdahl’s behavior had been such that a historian might well have concluded that Dragsdahl had been in the service of the Soviet Union.