Earlier this week, Swedish Television rebroadcasted Christoffer Guldbrandten’s documentary Den hemmelige krig (The secret war) about the treatment of prisoners taken by Danish military forces in Afghanistan. The allegation made by the documentary is that the military, and in the last resort the Danish government, handed over prisoners to U.S. authorities knowing that U.S. treatment of Afghan prisoners breached the Geneva Conventions. (To start somewhere: Wikipedia on Guantánamo Bay detainment camp).
What is interesting is the quick rebroadcasting as Swedish media usually ignore Danish politics. Sweden isn’t directly involved in the Afghan operation so the documentary has no immediate implications for Swedish foreign or national policy. I have the programme recorded but haven’t had the time to watch it, so I can’t make any relevant comments about the documentary and the allegations made. Perhaps one note could be that the controversy surrounding and resignation of Lars Barfoed may have deflected any impact on Danish politics the docummentary might have had.
Just to add to my misery, SvT will be airing what could be an interesting documentary about the Swedish Liberal Party tonight. According to the press release, the documentary Spionskolan (The Spy School) will reveal a paranoid and conspiratory culture within the party which eventually led to the intrusion scandal that marred the party’s election campaign and has seen six officials facing legal charges. Maybe the Liberals should have enlisted a professional.