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Politicians, police and journalists named in Greek spy ware scandal

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The federal government has refused to confess that it spied on its opponents, accusing them of fabricating the story for political acquire

The Greek authorities planted spy ware on the telephones of dozens of politicians, journalists, state officers and businesspeople, based on an ongoing investigation by Documento, a Greek newspaper. A report on Sunday revealed {that a} police chief was focused as nicely. 

Documento, which has been investigating the scandal for a number of months, claimed that the previous head of the Hellenic Police, Michalis Karamalakis, had ‘Predator’ spy ware put in on his cellphone by the nation’s Nationwide Intelligence Service (EYP), on the behest of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The report brings to greater than 100 the variety of targets below alleged EYP’s surveillance. The record contains opposition politician Nikos Androulakis, prosecutor Christos Bardakis, journalists Tina Messaropoulou, Thanasis Koukakis, and Stavros Michaloudis, in addition to quite a few Mitsotakis’ personal advisers and confidants.

Mitsotakis, who straight oversees the work of the EYP, denies any involvement within the scandal. After opposition chief Alexis Tsipras referred to as on the PM to “cease hiding and provides solutions,” his spokesman, Yiannis Oikonomou, referred to as the wiretapping claims “unproven and unsubstantiated.”  Oikonomou accused Tsipras of “attempting to create circumstances of political anomaly” to justify “the looming defeat of [his party] within the upcoming elections.”

In response to Documento’s reporting, Oikonomou additionally had his cellphone tapped by the EYP.

The scandal first emerged in early August, when Panagiotis Kontoleon, who led the EYP on the time, informed a parliamentary committee that the intelligence company had been spying on monetary journalist Thanasis Koukakis. Earlier this month, a report by the European Parliament accused Greece and three different EU international locations of using the spy ware to eavesdrop on their residents.

Developed by North Macedonian-based software program agency Cytrox and linked to the Israeli protection trade, ‘Predator’ spy ware is akin to the Israeli-developed ‘Pegasus’ malware, which a number of governments and intelligence businesses had been caught utilizing final yr. Each applications can entry calls, messages, pictures and information, and might secretly activate goal telephones’ cameras and microphones.

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