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Secret services: Greek prime minister rejects allegations of wiretapping

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The accusations are massive: did Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis have several ministers in his government spied on? The Prime Minister defends himself and speaks of “an incredible lie”.

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has denied a report that he had several ministers in his own government bugged.

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“This is an unbelievable lie,” the conservative politician told Antenna. The newspaper “Documento”, which is close to the opposition, had previously reported that the mobile phones of 33 people had been tapped by the secret service – including other confidants of the head of government as well as entrepreneurs and journalists. The EYP secret service reports directly to the Prime Minister.

According to the report, the foreign and labor ministers were among the targets of the spying. Mitsotakis called the allegations “defamatory”. He accused the leader of the left-wing opposition party Syriza, ex-Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, of being behind the article. The allegations will be investigated and resolved. Mitsotakis expressed the assumption that it could be eavesdropping software that had been used by private individuals. The Supreme Court in Athens has already ordered an investigation into the allegations.

The wiretapping scandal started in August. At that time, the leader of the social democratic party Pasok, Nikos Androulakis, filed a complaint against an unknown person on suspicion that his mobile phone was being tapped. The investigation revealed that the mobile phone had actually been tapped by the secret service for months. The revelations cost the president of the secret service his office.

Source: Stern

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