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Editorial

Let’s Stick to the Actual Dimensions of the Eavesdropping Attempt

What Tsipras is trying to do is literally unacceptable. He is trying to turn Greece back decades, in pursuit of an issue that will allow him to reclaim power. To create a politically toxic climate, where the people will become disoriented, where they will put aside their big problems – Turkey, inflation, the economy – and deal…every day…with the eavesdropping scandal.

Moreover, as Mitsotakis said in his speech yesterday: “…such a serious and responsible process cannot and must not be turned into a TV spy serial for party consumption.”

This is exactly what Tsipras is trying to do: turn it into a spy serial.

In the interest of the country, let us not allow him to succeed.

Let me clarify, to avoid misunderstanding: I am not at all underestimating the importance of the issue. Tapping a person’s phone is a very serious matter. It is a crime. A crime that must be solved and those responsible must pay the price prescribed by law.

Mitsotakis has already taken a series of steps in this direction: He accepted the resignation of the head of the EYP, Greece’s intelligence service. He also accepted the resignation of the director of his office – his nephew – who was the supervisor of the EYP.

He immediately recognized the magnitude of the problem: “This is,” he said, “a big and unforgivable mistake. I owe an apology to N. Androulakis.”

And above all, he stated in strenuous tones that he did not know about the wiretapping. He also said it yesterday in his speech: “I was not aware of it and, obviously, I would never allow it!” he emphasized.

Why shouldn’t we believe it? Perhaps Tsipras judges other people’s behavior by his own conduct? After all, I wonder, what more could the Prime Minister do?

By the way, what did Tsipras do – i.e. with the Lafazani monitoring – we know the answer to that: He did absolutely nothing. And I’m not saying two wrongs make a right, but it is good to remember that as Tsipras rends his clothes trying to torpedo the political stability of the country.

Please note: the guilty must be punished. But let’s not rush to condemn anyone before Justice decides. And let’s correct the bad laws as much as possible, which Mitsotakis is already doing with four bills.

But let us be careful not to allow demagogues to divert people’s attention.

And let us not be divided to such an extent that we become easy prey for our enemies.

Let’s look at the matter in its ‘real dimensions’.

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