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Espionage scandal in Greece, intelligence chief resigns

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(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 05 – The director of the Greek intelligence services (Eyp) Panagiotis Kontoleon resigned today after an alleged espionage scandal exploded against a politician and a journalist carried out using the illegal software Predator. This was announced by the office of the Greek prime minister, quoted by the Greek media. “The director of national intelligence services Panagiotis Kontoleon has resigned (…) which was accepted by the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis”, reads a statement. The resignation comes a week after the revelation of an attempt to overhear the conversations of the leader of the Greek Socialist Party (Pasok / Kinal), Nikos Androulakis, who is in the opposition, using Predator.

The same ‘spyware’ was allegedly used to intercept the conversations of CNN Greece journalist Thanasis Koukakis, author of investigations into financial crimes.

Previously, the Prime Minister’s secretary general, Grigoris Dimitriadis, officially resigned to avoid “political speculation” on the case. The intelligence services in Greece depend on the premier’s office.

In place of Kontoleon, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Themistoklis Demiris (former ambassador of Greece in Italy), will now go, “who will inform the Commission for Institutions and Transparency after the resumption of the work of the Parliament”, he adds. the note from the presidency of the Hellenic council. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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