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Wed, 27 May, 2015 12:06:18 AM
FTimes – STT Report, May 27
Security Police, SUPO, or entrance in Helsinki on 4 March 2014. Photo – Str / Lehtikuva.
The Finnish security police-Supo will not initiate a preliminary investigation into the leak of information from the Office of the Prime Minister. 
The investigation into the matter does not fall within Supo’s investigative prerogative. 
According to Supo, other authorities will decide whether the investigation will be continued. 
Earlier in spring, the Office of the Prime Minister revealed that it was suspecting that former prime minister Jyrki Katainen’s email messages may have possibly ended in the wrong hands. 
The messages touched on, among other issues, the EU and the sanctions imposed on Russia. 
Permanent State Under-Secretary Timo Lankinen told news agency STT that there was no reason to suspect unlawful leak of information. 
“Nor would we continue to pursue this matter,” Lankinen said, adding that the matter does not merit enough justification to be investigated as a crime.
According to Lankinen, Supo conducted a technical investigation to verify that there had been no technical leakage of information. 
“When email messages are published in the press, it could be said that they have ended into the wrong hands. We do not know which channels they passed through. It has been established that it should not have been leaked technically. 
In other words, it does not seem there had been hacking or security hole. 
According to Lankinen, the Office of the Prime Minister intends to clarify the security information guidelines. 
For instance, there are plans to specify guidelines related to handling of email messages.   
The Director of Government Communication had earlier said that the leaked email messages had involved, among others, the prime minister, the prime minister’s aides, the prime minister’s office secretary as well as other high-ranking officials.
State Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister Olli-Pekka Heinonen told the news agency STT last month that the leaked messages were not classified information. 
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