World: Espionage scandal in Greece: resignation of the director of intelligence services

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A case of spy on the telephone of one of the figures of the opposition creates a stir at the top of the State, to the point of provoking the resignation, this Friday, August 5, of the director of the intelligence services. Since the start of the year, at least two Greek journalists have also been victims of comparable surveillance from Athens. Predator software - Pegasus competitor - which would have been used for spying on various mobile phones.

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With our correspondent in Athens, Joël Bronner


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The spy scandal that is currently shaking Greece Revelations last week of a leading politician: Nikos Androulakis. European deputy, Androulakis is also and above all the leader of the Socialist Pasok-Kinal Party, the third political force of the country. At the end of July, he filed a complaint before the Greek Supreme Court for attempted espionage on his mobile phone. "A democratic duty" and not "a personal question", according to him.

A journalist specializing in migration issues and another on financial affairs have also seized Greek justice this year for similar spy cases. And in February, the listening presumed by the secret services of another Greek investigation journalist on migration issues was brought before the Supreme Court. In the three cases, the government has excluded "any involvement of the state".

The scandal caused by the political aspect of this affair has therefore just dropped the Greek intelligence chief, Panagiotis Kontoleon, in post since the summer of 2019, date of the accession to power of the new democracy party. Kyriakos Mitsotakis secretary general, the Prime Minister, too, chose the same day in the summer to resign. However, the government has officially excluded "any involvement of the state".

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