ATHENS | Greek Conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday called the surveillance of a left-wing opposition leader by the intelligence services a “politically unacceptable” “mistake”, a scandal that has shaken his government.
Two resignations, including that of the head of the national intelligence services (EYP), dealt a major blow to his government on Friday after the revelation of the Predator malware surveillance of the mobile phone of Nikos Androulakis, MEP and leader of the Pasok party. -Kinal, third party in parliament.
These two resignations came ten days after Mr. Androulakis (socialist) denounced “the attempt to monitor” his cell phone and took legal action.
The surveillance procedure of Mr. Androulakis’ mobile phone by the EYP was done “legally”, but “it was a mistake”, acknowledged the Prime Minister in a televised address.
“I was not aware,” he said, judging the action of the EYP “politically unacceptable” and castigating “endemic failures” in this service.
The EYP has been under the aegis of Kyriakos Mitsotakis since his election in July 2019, under one of the first reforms decided by his government.
“A few days ago, I was informed that in September 2021, and when he was already an MEP, the national intelligence service had established a legal connection with the mobile phone of Nikos Androulakis”, he said. -he says.
The Prime Minister has promised a series of “reforms” to correct “the failings” of the EYP.
Friday, the resignation of the head of the EYP, Panagiotis Kontoleon, was preceded by a few hours by that of Grigoris Dimitriadis, secretary general of the services of the prime minister and nephew of the latter, implicated by the Reporters United investigation sites and the Greek daily Efimerida ton syntakton (Efsyn, left) for its alleged links with a company marketing the Predator in Greece.
These investigative sites as well as the Inside Story site have in recent months published an investigation into alleged surveillance in Greece.