Today we bring to you a developing story of intrigue and espionage in the additive manufacturing industry: DNV GL, the Norway-based classification society, revealed that one of its employees in the oil and gas division has been arrested by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) and charged with espionage. The employee in question was leading a joint industry project centered on 3D printing.
At this stage, we have little information about the ongoing case. A tweet published by PST stated that the DNV GL employee is a Norwegian citizen and was arrested in Oslo following accusations that he had shared information with a foreign state which could potentially be harmful to Norway’s national interest. According to a story published in the Washington Post earlier this week which shed some more light on the charges, the man was detained after allegedly meeting with a Russian intelligence officer in an Oslo restaurant.
DNV GL has since released a statement on the arrest, stating that the employee in question did not have security clearance and was thus not privy to projects relating to the country’s defense sector or other governmental agencies.
“We are now mapping all projects he has worked on over the last few years and we are contacting all relevant customers. We are also working closely with PST. Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation we cannot disclose any further information at this point.”
We do not have any details as to the nature of the 3D printing project the alleged spy was working on, but we will update the story with developments as they come.