Greek Intelligence Admits Spying on Journalists

The chief of Greece’s National Intelligence Service (EYP) admitted to a parliamentary committee that his organization had spied on a journalist.

Panagiotis Kontoleon, the EYP chief, told the parliament’s Institutions and Transparency Committee that his agency was spying on journalist Thanasis Koukakis.

The parliament’s committee hearing was held behind closed doors after Nikos Androulakis, the head of the socialist opposition PASOK party, complained to top prosecutors about an effort to hack his mobile phone using tracking software.

However, according to government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou, no one supplying the spyware that is reportedly used in Koukakis’ tapping is doing business with the government.

Kontoleon, the EYP chief, and Grigoris Dimitriadis, the general secretary, have resigned over this surveillance scandal.

According to the official AMNA news agency, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accepted the EYP resignations. 

The prime minister’s office said Kontoleon has submitted his resignation “following wrong actions found in the process of legal connections.”

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