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    Latvia's special services deny security clearances to several hundred persons in 2013-2017

    RIGA, Sept 11 (LETA) - Latvia's special services have over the past few years denied security clearances to several hundred persons - most often, the reason was the applicants' criminal records, untrustworthiness, misstatements; in one case, security clearance was denied to a former soviet special service officer, according to information collated by LETA.

    The Security Police denied security clearances to 129 persons from 2013 through 2017, according to the Security Police's reports. Most such cases, 32, occurred in 2016, while last year, the Security Police denied security clearances to 23 persons.

    The Security Police also happen to be the only security authority whose reports mention the reasons for which applicants were denied security clearances. Most applicants who were denied security clearances last year were public administration officials and security staff members working at critical infrastructure facilities.

    According to the Security Police, last year about half of applicants were denied security clearances as the police had established facts which raised doubts about their ability not to divulge classified information. Nine applicants had criminal records, and one turned out to be a former soviet secret service officer.

    The Defense Intelligence and Security Service denied or revoked security clearances for 95 persons in 2013-2017. Most of such cases occurred in 2013. Last year, security clearances were denied for seven persons.

    The Constitutional Protection Bureau in 2013-2017 denied security clearances to 170 persons, including to 23 last year.

    • Published: 11.09.2018 11:43
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