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Dutch lawmaker suspends campaigning due to security scandal

  • In this Saturday Feb. 18, 2017, image firebrand int-islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, right, is protected by police and security officers during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands. Wilders said Thursday Feb. 23, 2017, that he will suspend his election campaigning in the wake of a scandal centering on a Dutch security official responsible for protecting the anti-Islam lawmaker. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    In this Saturday Feb. 18, 2017, image firebrand int-islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, right, is protected by police and security officers during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands. Wilders said Thursday Feb. 23, 2017, that he will suspend his election campaigning in the wake of a scandal centering on a Dutch security official responsible for protecting the anti-Islam lawmaker. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday Feb. 18, 2017, image firebrand int-islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, center, is protected by police and security officers during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands. Wilders said Thursday Feb. 23, 2017, that he will suspend his election campaigning in the wake of a scandal centering on a Dutch security official responsible for protecting the anti-Islam lawmaker. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    In this Saturday Feb. 18, 2017, image firebrand int-islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, center, is protected by police and security officers during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands. Wilders said Thursday Feb. 23, 2017, that he will suspend his election campaigning in the wake of a scandal centering on a Dutch security official responsible for protecting the anti-Islam lawmaker. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday Feb. 18, 2017, image firebrand int-islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is surrounded by police and security officials during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands . Geert Wilders says he will suspend his election campaigning in the wake of a scandal centering on a Dutch security official responsible for protecting the anti-Islam lawmaker. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    In this Saturday Feb. 18, 2017, image firebrand int-islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is surrounded by police and security officials during an election campaign stop in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands . Geert Wilders says he will suspend his election campaigning in the wake of a scandal centering on a Dutch security official responsible for protecting the anti-Islam lawmaker. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders says he will suspend campaigning for an upcoming parliamentary election in the wake of a scandal centering on a security official responsible for protecting him.

Wilders reacted to a newspaper story Thursday claiming the security official already detained on suspicion of leaking classified information also was suspected of infractions earlier in his career.

Wilders said in a tweet that "the news is incredibly worrisome" and added that until the situation has been cleared up his populist Party for Freedom "suspends public activities."

Wilders has lived for more than a decade under around-the-clock protection and in anonymous safe houses following death threats.

The detained officer serves on the team responsible for security around top politicians and diplomats.

The Netherlands holds its parliamentary election on March 15.