Media: Greece’s intelligence services wiretapped prominent politicians

January 11, 2023

Documento: Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis used intelligence services to spy on dozens of people

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis used secret services to spy on dozens of people, including potential political opponents, ministers, journalists and prominent businessmen, the Documento newspaper said.
According to the newspaper, “Mitsotakis’ list” includes the names of 33 people who were wiretapped under the pretext of national security.

In particular, it includes former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, current cabinet members, including the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiades and his wife, former Health Minister and Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias, Deputy Defense Minister Nikos Hardalias, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras, former Minister of Internal Affairs and Special Services Michalis Chrysochoidis, the head of the pro-government newspaper Kathimerini Alexis Papachelas, former National Security Advisor Alexandros Diakopoulos, senior economic advisor Alexis Patelis, as well as many other well-known and influential personalities.

“No one would believe that some private individuals would decide to wiretap the former prime minister, government ministers and the Minister of Citizens’ Protection himself, violating all notions of state security,” the newspaper writes and holds Mitsotakis fully responsible for this.
In addition, Documento states that the surveillance was carried out with the help of the Predator malware.

“The malware was brought into Greece through Cyprus through the close ties of the (ruling party in Cyprus. – Ed. note) Democratic Gathering and the (residence of the Greek prime minister. – Ed. note) Palace of Maxim. (The National Intelligence Service. – Ed. note) EYP and Predator were in collaboration and mutually complemented each other with leadership from a single center,” notes the publication, which calls “the Mitsotakis parastate a threat to democracy”.
Thus, in one of the articles of the Sunday edition, the Greek prime minister is called “our national ear” and a caricature of him is published.

Documento asked the politicians on the “list” for comments. Most of them said that this was the first time they had heard that they had been bugged, and they had no evidence of it.

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