Peer Henrik Hansen -Cooperation, complications and covert operations: CIA and Danish Intelligence, 1946-63

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Event Date: 29 April – 1 May 2011
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University of Nottingham  
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Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory


Peer Henrik Hansen (Cold War Museum, Denmark) – Cooperation, complications and covert operations: CIA and Danish Intelligence, 1946-63

Both the US and Danish source material are rather unambiguous. The Americans were deeply involved in European intelligence matters years before the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947. The CIA inherited some of the bilateral deals made by the OSS and the SSU, and the case of Denmark is probably just one among many similar cases regarding US activities in Europe. But it is a case that makes it possible to get a sneak peak behind the official history of the CIA and see how the Americans behaved in Western Europe. Financing a secret semi-private intelligence organization, bugging a member of the Danish parliament and recruiting the leader of the Danish communist party without telling the Danish intelligence services was just some of the deeds of the CIA in Denmark. Declassified intelligence documents makes it possible to tell a story of how important the European countries and their intelligence services were in order to make the CIA know what was going on on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Peer Henrik Hansen is Cold War historian and leading curator at Cold War Museum Langelandsfort. He holds a Ph.D. in intelligence history from Roskilde University with the thesis “When the Yank’s came to Denmark” on US-Danish intelligence relations 1943-46. The English version will be published during the spring of 2011 under the title “Second to None – US Intelligence Activities in Northern Europe 1943-1946”.

Contact details: Cold War Museum Langelandsfort, Jens Winthersvej 12, DK-5900 Rudkøbing, Denmark.

Email: peerhenrikhansen.lmr@gmail.com

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