The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, found himself at the center of a wiretapping scandal involving Nikos Andrulakis, an MEP and head of the socialist Pasok party, Greece’s third political force. To protect the prime minister, Panagiotis Kontoleon, the director of the intelligence service, and Grigoris Dimitriadis, the prime minister’s nephew and the prime minister’s chief of staff, resigned on August 5.
Nikos Andrulakis, MEP and head of the socialist party Pasok, was wiretapped, most likely, on the orders of Prime Minister Mitsotakis
Spy system Predator
In late July, Andrulakis revealed that his cell phone had been tapped by the Predator spy program. At the same time, it was learned that Mitsotakis was also eavesdropping on two journalists who were investigating state corruption in Greece. Quite expectedly, Prime Minister Mitsotakis said that he had nothing to do with it and that he knew nothing about the wiretapping. The uninitiated could believe Mitsotakis’s lies, but careful observers know that, immediately after winning power in 2019, he personally took over the direct management of the intelligence service, which until then was in the ministry of the interior.
At the same time, Mitsotakis, through Dimitriadis, now the retired director of the intelligence service, sued Thanasis Koukakis, the journalist who uncovered the affair. By the way, Kukakis wrote about various state corruptions and was also wiretapped. The wiretapping of Kukakis was confirmed by the analyzes of the laboratory of the University of Toronto, while Mitsotakis, again, declared that he had nothing to do with it. It is hard to believe because the intelligence service, under Mitsotakis’ administration, bought the Predator spy system for 14 million euros.
The constructor of the Predator spy program is the company “Cytrox”, which is in the hands of Tal Dilian, a former Israeli intelligence officer. The complex structure of the company, registered in Cyprus, includes the start-up of Ivo Malinovski, the companies “Wispear” and “Aveledo Ltd”. According to certain sources, Dilian’s clients are located on all continents: Armenia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Madagascar, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, USA, Saudi Arabia, Serbia…
Tal Dilian, former Israeli intelligence officer, owner of the company “Cytrox”, which constructed the spy program Predator and sold it to many countries, including Greece and Serbia
Parliamentary commission to investigate the wiretapping affair
At the regular meeting of the Assembly, on August 26, Mitsotakis refused to talk about the wiretapping affair, which the media called the “Greek Watergate”, and instead attacked the opposition, claiming that, at one time, he was wiretapped by Alexis Tsipras (Syriza). To justify the omnipresence of the intelligence service in Greece, Mitsotakis addressed the voters, explaining that he is doing all this because of Turkey, which is unpredictable and can attack Greece at any moment. He then added that a war is being waged against Greece through the invasion of migrants and that he must ensure the safety of citizens before the winter, which will be very difficult due to the rise in energy prices and high inflation.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis illegally wiretapped political opponents and journalists investigating state corruption
On Monday, August 29, a special parliamentary commission was formed whose task is to determine the extent of Mitsotakis’ involvement in the wiretapping affair. 142 of the 300 members of the Greek Parliament voted for the creation of the commission. On that occasion, Mihalis Katrinis, president of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party (Pasok-Kinal), emphasized that spying on politicians, public figures, journalists and businessmen is not normal. At the end, he added that it was also not normal that the head of the government knew nothing about it, that he did not answer the questions and that he tried with all his might to cover up the scandal.
Alexis Tsipras, the former prime minister and head of the strongest opposition party Syriza, called for a comprehensive investigation to be carried out and to find out who all had been illegally wiretapped in the last two years. He justified his request by saying that the ruling structure violated the constitution and behaved anti-democratically. Also, Syriza requested a meeting with the new director of the intelligence service, Themistoklis Demiris. The reason is the illegal cooperation of the head of the intelligence service with Mitsotakis’ New Democracy party and their help in the recent destruction of compromising documents.
The ruling New Democracy party, defending Mitsotakis and its position, demanded that the commission’s work be kept secret so as not to harm the country’s security system. The opposition parties, Syriza and Pasok-Kinal, demanded that the incriminated actions be disclosed so that the public could find out what happened.
Alexis Tsipras, former prime minister and head of Syriza, the most powerful opposition party, has called for an investigation into illegal wiretapping since the start of Mitsotakis’ term.
Corruption of the ruling structure and robbery of the people
It is expected that the work of the parliamentary commission will be oriented towards investigating the system of corruption that Mitsotakis established upon coming to power in 2019 and concealing corruption from the public. This thesis is supported by the spying of Thanasis Kukakis, a journalist who investigated state corruption, as well as the wiretapping of Nikos Andrulakis, a European member of parliament and head of the socialist Pasok party.
Namely, the wiretapping of Andrulakis is directly related to the issue of energy prices. He, together with his Spanish and Portuguese colleagues, prepared a proposal for the European Parliament that would require a new approach to the formation of energy prices. Their idea was that lower and fixed prices of 180 euros per megawatt-hour would allow consumers to pay their bills more easily. The problem is that energy in Greece is expensive, the most expensive in Europe (megawatt-hour 46 euros in August 2020, 122 euros in August 2021, 697 euros in August 2022), due to the excessive profits of energy producers and due to the multitude of taxes and levies attached to the base price.
The price of energy in Greece is not related to the economic reality of the country, but to corruption and robbery jointly organized by the head of government, Mitsotakis, with his clan and the New Democracy party. Energy producers and distributors cooperate with them, and Greek citizens pay a little more per megawatt-hour than the Swiss, who until now had the most expensive electricity in Europe.
Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.
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