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New Democracy Says Spyware Tested on Phones Under SYRIZA

ATHENS – Former premier and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who’s complaining about a spyware scandal, knew the National Intelligence Service EYP tested the notorious Pegasus surveillance on cell phones, New Democracy government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said.

“SYRIZA is selling ‘ethics and morality’ when the former governor of EYP Mr. Roubatis, with the full knowledge of Mr. Tsipras, who until recently claimed ignorance, is alleged to have been in negotiations in the period 2016-2019 for the purchase of surveillance software, even proceeding with a test of Pegasus on Greek phones,” Economou said, reported the Athens-Macedonia News Agency ANA-MPA.

He accused Tsipras of hypocrisy for trying to use the question of surveillance, claiming the former premier was well aware what EYP was doing before complaining people were being surveilled by New Democracy.

Economou said that Roubatis appeared to have collaborated with persons also involved with Predator that’s in use in Greece – the government denied doing so – and that SYRIZA decriminalized the sale, distribution and possession of spyware a few days before losing the July, 2019 elections.

That came as SYRIZA challenged Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to reveal why Labor Minister Kostis Hatzidakis’ phone was allegedly bugged by EYP, the spy service admitting tracking 15,745 people without revealing them.

“Following the incontrovertible evidence that Hatzidakis had been monitored by EYP, Mr. Mitsotakis has set aside the laughable excuses that the revelations of so many months are fictions and proceeded to make himself look ridiculous: he, who is responsible for EYP, was not aware that the service was monitoring his minister…” the Leftists statement also added.

SYRIZA said that “not a single Greek believes him,” apparently not including New Democracy supporters and believes, and demanded to know the reasons of national security were for tracking Hatzikdakis.

The government recently pushed through the Parliament it controls with a majority of lawmakers a measure to reform the use of spyware and ban its sale although giving a Parliament speaker a role in approving phone bugging although that position is appointed by the ruling power.

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