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By David Robie in The New Zealand Times

Is Sweden breaching its long tradition of neutrality and secretly cooperating with Nato countries? Yes, believes controversial New Zealand peace researcher Owen Wilkes. If true, disclosure that the Swedish military really is cooperating with Western nations would be politically disastrous in Sweden.

And Wilkes may have touched a panic button by his “snooping” on the Swedish defence communications system.

“The reason why I got into trouble on this case is simply that Sweden doesn’t want the public discussing the details of military policy the way it is happening in other countries, like Britain and West German,” he says.

[Owen Wilkes was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by researchers at the University of Canterbury].

Bicycle snoop riles the Baltic
Bicycle snoop riles the Baltic, New Zealand Times, 21 March 1982.
David Robie
David Robie
Dr David Robie was previously founding director and professor of journalism at AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC). He worked with postgraduate student journalists to edit Pacific Media Watch - a daily digital archive of dispatches about Pacific journalism and media, ethics and professionalism. The PMC also jointly published the high profile independent Pacific Scoop news website with industry partner, Scoop Media, and Asia Pacific Report, which David now edits independently in partnership with Evening Report: David is also the founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review (PJR).
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