>> Could foreign spies be responsible for this? One of two telecommunications masts in Sweden sabotaged, according to authorities, the mysterious damage reigniting fears of foreign meddling amid a return of Cold War paranoia. Towers are used by police and military, the damage temporarily leaving an estimated 85,000 homes without television.
Police have pointed to international actors. And although they acknowledge it could be the work of local extremists or pranksters,
] bureau chef Alistair Sutton says the intent is clear.>> Russia here is the biggest geopolitical concern for Sweden. Part of the Baltic Sea region, so it's been a center of geo-political tensions.
So, although the authorities have not named Russia, that's what a lot of Swedes interpret it when they say there could be international links.>> The concern is so great that the country's intelligence service has been asked to investigate. Russian warplanes are known to buzz Sweden's borders, and a Russian submarine was expected to be off Stockholm's coast in 2014.
There's always been a long history ever since the Cold War of fears about Russian security ambitions here in Sweden. But since the Ukraine crisis and Crimea, those concerns have grown.>> Regardless of the cause, as Europe struggles with its immigration crisis and major attacks on its cities, the incident has only highlighted the concerns of overstretched security forces.
The finger of blame irritating a sore spot, which is unlikely to be healed anytime soon.