Swedish domestic spy agency notes rise in xenophobia

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish domestic security agency has noted a rising “xenophobic and radical nationalist current” in Sweden, also alerting to budding approaches between the white power movement and unorganized xenophobic groups.

The agency, known as SAPO, says these groups, which are active online, “can become a driving force for individuals to commit xenophobic offenses.”

SAPO didn’t name any groups, but listed the trend among “seven threats against Sweden in the coming year” in its annual report presented Thursday.

Other threats included Russia — whose “antagonistic intention has the greatest consequence for Sweden’s security”— propaganda, the overall terror threat from radical Islamists, technology development and the “changing abilities” of the United States, resulting in “less predictability in international relationships.”

SAPO said Russia, China and Iran are increasingly conducting intelligence activities in Sweden.

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