Kastellet, Copenhagen, Kingdom of Scandinavia, 14 January 1973
The Chairman, Hertug Magnus Eigilsson, called the extraordinary Joint
Foreign Intelligence Committee  meeting to order. A brief Blitz
precedence note had been circulated in advance and the one-item agenda was
clear to all. First to speak, as ever, was the Head of the KIT - Friherr
Erich Korpela - a lifelong operative from the Special Projects Division
who had unexpectedly succeeded to the supreme post in the Kabinet of the
Service  after the untimely death of the previous incumbent, a more
conventional aristocrat from the staff and analytical branches of the
Service. Korpela had a distinct tendency to view most intelligence
problems as nails to be hammered down and his enthusiasm for special
projects was unusual in what liked to consider itself a sophisticated and
cerebral organisation. His appointment had been in the gift of the King,
who no doubt had his own reasons for the selection.
"Gentlemen. You will all be aware of the SKOVTROLD  material which MET
produced some days ago, which gave us the first indication that there
might be something untoward occurring in Puerto Rico. My own Service, as
you will note, has now developed a line of reporting which would tend to
confirm this. The new material, which originates from a usually reliable
source in the Prado - and we are rechecking the validity - states that a
number of logistic enhancements to Puerto Rican infrastructure, in terms
of transport and port improvements, are in hand. The finance for these
enhancements originates from foreign sources."
The Head of MET was next. General Professor-Doktor Friherr Axel
Juul-Pedersen was a career officer, newly promoted both to his current
rank and to the command of the military intelligence service. Apart from a
Jaegerkorps tour during the Global War and some experience as the Chief
Military Adviser in Skt Peterborg during the Sixties, he had previously
had minimal exposure to the murky waters of intelligence. He was, however,
a highly experienced military diplomat and a former Director of the Royal
Scandinavian Defence College  and one of the more formidable intellects
in his Service.
"We concur that there is reason to suppose that our SKOVTROLD source has
been partially validated. We have requested that the Navy deploy one of
our technical resources to the West Indies on board a Narhvalen-class
submersible. We are confident that, knowing where to look, we shall be
able to provide definitive confirmation of the presence of the German
assets on the island within a few days of arrival on station, which is
expected by 20 January."
The meeting went on for another hour, with general agreement on the
measures it was necessary to take to confirm the reports. As the fog of
tobacco smoke thickened in the room, the conversation turned to what it
was necessary to do with the intelligence. Scandinavia had no formal
alliances, or even overt treaties, with any foreign Power (although some
of the constituent States had links with others - notably Iceland with the
CNA), but had a sophisticated network of understandings between its
intelligence services and those of the CNA and Britain and a very highly
developed relationship with Kramer Associates' External Security Division.
Given the extent of the potential threat to the eastern regions of the CNA
from Puerto Rico, it was important to find a way of making the Confederacy
aware, without compromising own sources and methods .
Word, in outline, could be got to Liddy in Burgoyne without significant
risk, but it was necessary to reinforce the message. It was agreed that
KIT should organise a conduit from a trusted Spanish source to a known
British intelligence officer operating from the Lisbon Embassy to pass on
a fragmentary account from "a brother in San Juan" of the arrival of
German Air Service officers at the Parador in that city. Liddy's men could
be relied upon to follow up and develop their own intelligence from that
A further issue for discussion was the Mexican field officer's motivation
in letting slip the original nugget of information. It was agreed that the
possibility of mounting a Special Projects operation to extract him should
be examined, but that immediate action would probably be undesirable.
A key question was whether the field officer's action was sanctioned in
some way. The Chief of the Great General Staff took the floor:
"If I might summarise the issue, just to ensure that my limited intellect
has fully grasped it? The problem is establishing whether this leak
indicates some Mexican... hesitancy at the prospect of an intimate German
strategic involvement in the Western Hemisphere, is it not? We need to
take a bearing on the Mexicans without making them aware that we have the
information, in case the action of the field officer was unsanctioned, do
we not? Do we have any assets in place inside Mexico?"
The two Heads of the active intelligence services exchanged momentary
glances. Neither was inclined to discuss the details of their apparats
with the Chief of the Great General Staff, who was undoubtedly a gallant
and much-decorated officer, but not... intellectually sophisticated. The
glance sufficed to arrange a separate meeting, a deux, at which this would
 The Joint Foreign Intelligence Committee is in some ways the Defence
Committee (-) - in that the heads of the intelligence and security
organisations and the military Chiefs of Staff attend - but it is
dedicated exclusively to the discussion of papers produced by the
respective organisations in order to arrive at a collegiate view. While
bloodletting is rare, a substantial amount of robust argument is accepted.
 KIT is organised into operational (Overt, Covert, Technical and
Special Projects), analytical and staff activities. Supreme leadership is
exercised through the Kabinet - the Heads of the various divisions in
council, chaired by the Head of the Service.
 SKOVTROLD - covername for unvalidated MET human-source material from
the Western Hemisphere.
 Royal Scandinavian Defence College - Academic institution, a branch of
the Royal University in Copenhagen, providing a one-year Cand. Dr. course
for fast-track general officers, admirals and senior Royal Service
officials, leading to the award of the title Doktor.
 The particular SKOVTROLD source in question, in particular, showed
some potential for development as a potentially valuable USM double - the
handling officer was engaged in giving him a "flash of ankle" while
simulating a double in her turn.