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Danish appeals court says historian didn't libel journalist as spy

Oct. 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Danish high court has ruled a former journalist was not libeled when a historian called him an agent of the KGB, a now-defunct Soviet security agency.

Historian Bent Jensen had made the accusations against former Information journalist George Dragsdaul in a 2007 story based on previously classified Cold War-era documents, The Copenhagen Post reported Friday.

A lower court found Jensen guilty of libel in 2010 and ordered him to pay $37,000 in damages. It ruled the Danish domestic intelligence agency PET had suspected Dragsdaul of being a spy in the 1980s, but failed to find enough evidence to prosecute him.

The Eastern High Court unanimously dismissed the charges against Jensen. Dragsdaul was ordered to pay $111,000 in legal costs.

Dragsdaul has always denied he worked with the KGB. He says he made contact with the KGB after he fell in love with a Russian woman and wanted to get her to Denmark.

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