GreeceEx-PM targeted in illegal wiretapping
Prominent political figures, including Antonis Samaras, are among the victims of illegal espionage in Greece. The issue has poisoned the country’s political atmosphere for months.
According to the Greek weekly “Documento”, former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, current Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Development, Labor and Tourism are among the victims of the illegal tapping. and Nottingham Forest Football Clubs.
The case has rocked the government for months. “There is no evidence,” its spokesman Giannis Oikonomo replied, though he asked the courts to open an investigation into the weekly’s revelations. He accused the newspaper of trying to “harm” the government and undermine its stability.
The weekly, which has ties to the leftist opposition Syriza, said it had obtained the information from “two people who play a key role in surveillance”. According to him, this malware was used to infect the phones of not only the target but also some of their relatives.
There was nothing “illegal” about Athens
On Friday, the European Parliament called on Greece to launch an “urgent and thorough” investigation into the alleged illegal wiretapping that has poisoned the country’s political climate in recent months. Some of those targeted are influential members of the conservative ruling New Democratic Party and potential rivals of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
The case broke in July when Nikos Androulakis, an MEP and leader of the Socialist Party of Greece, complained of multiple attempts to hack his phone using Predator spyware. Two journalists and another prominent opposition politician revealed that they too were victims of surveillance by the Greek secret services.
In August, the scandal led to the resignation of the head of the secret service and a son-in-law and adviser to the prime minister. The government acknowledged the surveillance of Nikos Androlakis, without giving reasons, but denied using illegal software.
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