The Danish military has dropped a case against a soldier who wrote a book which they tried to stop being published. Danish commando Thomas Rathsack was contacted by the Judge Advocate’s office this week and told that the army would no longer be pressing charges.
Speaking about hearing the news, Mr Rathsack told Politiken, “I cannot say any more, among other reasons, because I don’t know what else is involved in the auditor’s decision – for example whether there could be other consequences for me.”
Rathsack was charged by the auditor last year under criminal and military law for allegedly communicating information that exposed military secrets in his book, Jaeger i krig med eliten, (hunters at war with the elite).
People’s Press, who published the book, welcomed the military’s decision not to prosecute.
“We have always said that the book was not what the military accused it of being. And the business about an injunction gave the impression that the move was political – although we can only guess why. We have been waiting for the military to drop its hold on Thomas Rathsack and remove allegations that the book undermined our soldiers’ security,” said Jakob Kvist of People’s Press.