This is just to note that the Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds once again is the centre of an embarrassing controversy.
During the Muhammad cartoon crisis a Swedish web-hotel turned off the homepage of the extremist right-wing party Sverigedemokraterna because it featured some of the cartoons. The problem was that the web-hotel closed the page after being contacted by the Swedish Intelligence Agency and that the agency in its turn had conferred with the Foreign Office before contacting the firm.
So, was the government – i.e. the Foreign Minister – involved? Laila Freivalds said no, but new reports suggest that the correct answer is yes. Freivalds now claims that she was chocked by learning that the Intelligence Agency wanted to – erm – persuade the web-hotel to turn off the homepage.
To say that Freivalds is a political liability to the Swedish government and the Social Democratic Party is an understatement but how it all will end is difficult to say right now.