Political pressure is mounting around Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis following the opposition espionage scandal.
The conservative has reiterated that he is not involved in the matter, alleging that he did not know that the phone of the leader of the Socialist Party, the third political force in the country, Nikos Androulakis, had been tapped in 2021.
The Greek MEP was spied on from September 2021 until mid-December. Androulakis, elected leader of the PASOK party in December 2021, said on Friday that he had learned that EYP had overheard his conversations in late 2021, but did not reveal the source of his information.
Several journalists were also heard.
Since last week, when the case came to light, the opposition parties have demanded a thorough investigation and described the revelations as Mitsotakis’s Watergate.
“The National Intelligence Service underestimated the political dimension of that specific action. It was formally appropriate, but politically unacceptable.” the Prime Minister declared.
Although Mitsotakis has announced changes in the structure of the National Intelligence Service (EYP), he has not clarified why these wiretaps were carried out, nor from whom they received the order to do so.
Government sources had leaked in recent days that the request to spy on the Social Democratic leader came from abroad, something that Mitsotakis did not refer to at all.
The main opposition party, the leftist Syriza, has called for the prime minister’s resignation and demands that he reveal whether more politicians and journalists were heard.
For now, both the director of the secret service and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff have resigned amid the scandal.