A suspected mole on populist Geert Wilders' security team allegedly leaked security information to Moroccan organized crime, presumably to have him killed.
The leader of the poll-topping Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), Geert Wilders, has announced the suspension of his campaign with less than three weeks to go before his nation's general election after the discovery of a possible mole in his security detail. Seeing as how they haven't killed him, odds are this will backfire spectacularly.
A Moroccan-origin Dutch police officer working on Mr Wilder's security detail was arrested Monday and subsequently released on bail for allegedly leaking police information about his assignment. Claims in the Dutch media stated the officer had passed information to a Dutch-Moroccan criminal organisation.
Subsequent revelations reported by Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad allege arrested officer Faris K. had been under suspicion in the past for security violations and that his brother Mohammed K. had been fired from Dutch police in 2007 for leaking police information, and had also been investigated for rape.
These revelations appear to have prompted Mr Wilders, who has been under 24-hour police protection for years thanks to the threat to his life by Islamist extremists, to reconsider his public appearances campaigning. With less than three weeks to go until the Dutch general; election on March 15, the PVV would be suspending further activities until further investigations into police corruption have taken place, reports the Dutch Telegraaf.
Mr Wilders took to Twitter this afternoon to announce his decision, calling the latest revelations "very disturbing".
Speaking on Wednesday as the breach in his security team by an alleged mole became known, Wilders tweeted directly at the Dutch Prime Minister to criticise the police escort provided by the government, remarking "If I can't blindly trust the service (DBB) that has to protect me, I can no longer function. This is unacceptable".
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