The Swedish intelligence agency is under fire for hosting a lavish James Bond-themed party that cost around $800,000.
The party had a guest list of around 1,000 people, celebrity entertainers, and a band playing James Bond themes, according to the Dagens Nyheter newspaper, which first broke the story.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said that agency heads “are well paid, they should know better” than to hold such parties, according to The Associated Press.
The intelligence agency, SAPO, said that the party was held after one day of educational activities following a year of a heavy workload.
“In this case, the agency set aside a large amount of money so that our roughly 1,000 employees stationed across Sweden could gather, something that is necessary for us to carry out our mission,” SAPO chief Anders Thornberg was quoted by the news agency as saying.
Thornberg said the agency was “under pressure” after reorganization and a suicide bombing in Stockholm carried out by an Islamist militant in 2010, Reuters reported.