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Greece's intelligence chief quits over wiretapping scandal

Secret services allegedly spied on politician, journalist

(ANSAmed) - ROME, AUGUST 5 - The head of the Greek secret services (Eyp), Panagiotis Kontoleon, resigned on Friday after a scandal exploded over the case of a politician and a journalist who were allegedly spied through the illegal software Predator, the prime minister's office was quoted as saying by local media.
    " The director of the national intelligence services Panagiotis Kontoleon has resigned" and his resignation "was accepted by the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis", according to a statement. The resignation came a week after the attempt to allegedly spy the conversations of the leader of the Greek Socialist party (Pasok/Kinal), Nikos Androulakis, a member of the opposition, using Predator.
    The same spyware was allegedly used to tap the conversations of journalist Thanasis Koukakis of CNN Greece, an investigative reported specialized in financial crimes.
    Previously, the secretary general of the prime minister, Grigoris Dimitriadis, had resigned, officially to avoid "political speculations" on the case. The intelligence services, in Greece, depend on the premier's office.
    Kontoleon will now be replaced by the secretary general of the foreign affairs minister, Ambassador Themistoklis Demiris (the former Greek ambassador to Italy), who will "inform the commission for institutions and transparency after the resumption of Parliament's work", added the note. (ANSAmed) (ANSA).
   

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