Greece spy scandal: Mitsotakis acknowledges intelligence 'error'

Greece Spy Scandal: Mitsotakis Acknowledges “Intelligence Mistake

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called police surveillance of an opposition MP's phone unacceptable.

Greek Conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called Monday a “Mistake” “politically unacceptable” the surveillance of a socialist MEP who became leader of the socialist opposition by the intelligence services, a scandal which shakes his government.

Two resignations, including that of the head of the national intelligence services (EYP), dealt a major blow to his government on Friday after the revelation of the surveillance of the mobile phone of Nikos Androulakis, the leader of Pasok-Kinal, the third party in Parliament.

These resignations came ten days after Nikos Androulakis denounced the attempt to monitor his laptop by the illegal software Predator.

This surveillance procedure was done legally after being approved by the Supreme Court prosecution, but it was a mistake, the Prime Minister admitted in a televised address.

I was not aware, if I had known, I would never have authorized it, he claimed, judging the action of the EYP politically unacceptable and castigating long-standing failures in this service.

EYP has been under the aegis of Kyriakos Mitsotakis since his election in July 2019, one of the first reforms of the right-wing government majority (New Democracy).

A few days ago I was informed that in September 2021, and when Nikos Androulakis was an MEP, the national intelligence service had established a legal connection with his mobile phone, he said said.

He pointed out that this surveillance lasted three months and ended automatically, as provided by law, a few days after Mr. Androulakis was elected President from Pasok-Kinal in December 2021.

The Prime Minister has promised a series of reforms to improve the EYP, including strengthening its accountability for its activity and the oversight of national intelligence by the Parliament's Institutions and Transparency Committee.

Nikos Androulakis retorted that the prime minister avoids giving explanations and asked why he was being watched by the EYP as an MEP and then candidate for the presidency of the Pasok-Kinal.

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The Predator super army tried to trap my phone, he denounced, recalling that this is not a personal matter, but a #x27;a question of democracy. His surveillance by Predator had been detected by a special service of the European Parliament.

Friday, the resignation of the head of the EYP, Panagiotis Kontoleon, was preceded by that of Grigoris Dimitriadis, secretary general of the services of the prime minister and nephew of the latter, implicated by the Reporters investigation site United and the Greek daily Efimerida ton syntakton (Efsyn, left) for its alleged links with a company marketing the Predator in Greece.

Reporters United and the Investigative site Inside Story have in recent months published an investigation into alleged surveillance in Greece.

In April, Thanasis Koukakis, a Greek journalist specializing in financial affairs, took legal action, denouncing the attack on his phone by Predator.

In February, listening allegations by the EYP of another Greek investigative journalist on migration issues, Stavros Malichudis, was taken to the Supreme Court.

Trade unions of journalists criticized this situation, recalling the deterioration of press freedom in Greece.

Until Friday's resignations, the government had denied any involvement of the ;State.

The Prime Minister did not explain why the EYP decided on such an unprecedented action, the main opposition party reacted on Monday Syriza (radical left).

How many other politicians, journalists or citizens are under surveillance under his administration?, asked Syriza, the party of former prime minister Alexis Tsipras, calling the prime minister a liar.

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