Head of Greece’s national intelligence agency resigns over wiretapping scandal

Greek National Intelligence Service (EYP) Head Panagiotis Kontoleon and Prime Minister’s Office Secretary General Grigoris Dimitriadis resigned as a result of a wiretapping scandal against a journalist and a politician.

According to the news in the Greek press, Kontoleon submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Kiryakos Mitsotakis on the grounds of “carelessness in the information gathering process”.

While no statement was made about Dimitriadis’s resignation, an official who spoke to the AP stated that the resignation was due to the toxic environment around the person in question and had nothing to do with the wiretapping scandal.

It has been stated that the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Themistoklis Demiris will replace Kontoleon, who has been serving as the chairman of the EYP since August 2019. Demiris is expected to inform the Greek Parliament Institutions and Transparency Committee about the developments after the summer vacation.

It was alleged that Kontoleon told the relevant committee of the parliament that his agency was spying on journalist Thanasis Koukakis.

Criminal complaint from Greek EP MP

Nikos Andrulakis, leader of the Movement for Change (KINAL), one of the opposition parties, and Member of the European Parliament (EP) filed a criminal complaint with the Greek Supreme Court (Areios Pagos) on the grounds that an attempt was made to illegally tap his phone and access his private information.

Andrulakis took advantage of the special service of the European Parliament on 28 June and had his phone checked if it was being tracked with spyware.

In the first examination of the phone, a suspicious link related to the spyware named “Predator” was detected.

On the next detailed examination, it was seen that Andrulakis received a message on September 21, 2021 with a link that directed the owner of the phone to the spyware program, but Andrulakis did not click on the link specified in the message.

It was also detected on the journalist’s phone.

In April, spyware was also detected on the mobile phone of Greek journalist Thanasis Koukakis.

The International Press Institute (IPI) had asked the Greek authorities to investigate the spyware program detected on the mobile phone of journalist Koukakis.

In the statement of IPI, it was noted that Koukakis’ cell phone was tracked with spyware called “Predator” for 10 weeks in 2021.​​​

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