Secretary general and chairman of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, was in 2000 revealed as a KGB contact with the code name ''Steklov''.
KGB defector Mikhail Butkov claimed that the then Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was the secret contact KGB had in the Norwegian defense commission in 1990.
Stoltenberg had the code name "Steklov" within the KGB, according to the defector.
The Prime Minister's Office and the Police Intelligence Service (POT) confirmed to VG that Stoltenberg is identical with "Steklov".
Both agencies emphasized that there was nothing irregular in Stoltenberg's behavior. When POT warned Stoltenberg that his Soviet diplomat contact was a KGB agent, he broke all contact. The break came before Stoltenberg went into the defense commission, said the Prime Minister's Office.
Stoltenberg's contact in the Soviet embassy was - according to Butkov - "cultural attaché" and 3. secretary, Boris I. Kirillov. In reality the attaché worked for the KGB.
According to the Foreign Ministry diplomat list, Kirillov was stationed in Oslo from 1986 until well into 1990.
After Butkov defected, on 22 May 1991, Kirillov - along with seven other Soviet diplomats - was declared unwanted in Norway.
But then Kirillov had already left the country.
Independent sources confirmed to VG that Kirillov's contact with Stoltenberg was partly contributing to that Kirillov was declared persona non grata.
As a member of the Defense Commission, Stoltenberg had access to all the defense secrets. He also participated in a number of inspections at sensitive defense installations.
In November the same year, Stoltenberg resigned from the Defense Commission to be undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment.
The chairman of the Defense Commission in 1990, the former prime minister, Kåre Willoch, told VG that he was not familiar with any contact between Stoltenberg and a KGB officer in Oslo while Stoltenberg was in the commission.
As chairman of the commission, he believes it would have been natural that he was informed of any such contact.
Butkov wrote in the book "KGB in Norway - The final chapter" that the KGB had several very important confidential contacts in Norway's elite.
"There were several good processing objects in parliamentary committees, they had the code names "Ron" and "Rick". In the Defence Commission "Steklov", at the Prime Minister's Office "Martin" and moreover processing objects in several NATO countries embassies," wrote Butkov.
In interviews with NRK, Butkov claimed that Stoltenberg in the meetings gave information that was written down in reports which Kirillov sent home to the KGB in Moscow.
In the official history book on the police's monitoring service activities, "The Secret War" by researchers Trond Bergh and Knut Einar Eriksen, the mysterious "Steklov" is also discussed.
"A prominent younger Labour politician was given the alias "Steklov". According to Butkov, who had gone through Steklov's case in Moscow, Steklov was in the process of being included in the KGB network, either as a confidential contact or as an agent. This individual had been used to get Soviet produced content published in Dagbladet," states the book.
Based on insight into a POT-report, dated 9 August 1991, the researchers also wrote:
"At this point, the secret police already had a conversation with "Steklov", who claimed that he had early on learned that his Russian contact was an intelligence officer. It is unclear whether it was the KGB who put an end to further meetings, or whether it was the Norwegian politician who took the decision on his own, or on POT's initiative".
Also the controversial KGB defector Oleg Gordievskij have previously discussed Jens Stoltenberg's contact with KGB officers in Oslo.
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