x

Politics

Tsipras Says Mitsotakis Trying to Dodge Spyware Scandal Questions

November 11, 2022

ATHENS – Picking up his attacks, Greece’s major opposition SYRIZA leader said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is hiding behind his desk and refusing to come to Parliament to answer questions about an alleged use of spyware.

Tsipras, hoping to unseat Mitsotakis in mid-2023 elections and come back to power after being ousted by the New Democracy in July, 2019 snap polls, tabled a question over surveillance in Parliament but Mitsotakis didn’t show up to answer it.

Tsipras told Star TV that “guilty parties hide. The Prime Minister is being checked by the Parliament and the European Parliament. He uses the excuse of confidentiality, hides key witnesses, threatens those revealing things with ten years in jail.”

The Leftist leader referred to a report in the news site Documento – said to be sympathetic to his party – revealing the names of 33 people, including government officials, whose phones were supposedly infiltrated with spyware that the government has denied using.

“Mr. Mitsotakis is guilty and does not come to Parliament to respond. I am not a detective, I am a leader of the main opposition and I table questions. I am asking Mr. Mitsotakis whether any of the 31 individuals revealed by Documento were also legally tracked. Let him come to Parliament to tell us that none of the 31 individuals were not legally tracked.”

The head of a European Parliament committee looking into the use of spyware in the European Union, Sophie in’ t Veld from The Netherlands, said it seems likely, however that the government was using spyware.

The National Intelligence Service EYP has admitted bugging the phones of 15,745 people, including PASOK Socialist leader Nikos Androulakis, but said that it was done for national security and refuses to reveal any further information.

RELATED

ATHENS - Expecting another record year in tourism to surpass the numbers in 2023 in arrivals and revenues, Greece’s infrastructure - particularly on overwhelmed islands - isn’t adequate to deal with the demands even as more resorts keep opening.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

New York Greek Independence Parade Honors 1821 and Grim Anniversary for Cyprus (Vid & Pics)

NEW YORK – The New York Greek Independence Parade on Fifth Avenue, commemorating the 203rd anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, was held in an atmosphere of emotion and pride on April 14.

CHICAGO – The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) presents the Trial of Pericles on Wednesday, April 17, 7 PM, at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph Street in Chicago.

NICOSIA - Cyprus - home to United Kingdom military bases where fighter jets were used to help defend Israel from an Iranian attack using missiles and drones - has stepped up security on the island amid fears the Middle East conflict could worsen.

A plot of land for sale in Tripoli, Arkadia Prefecture, 268.

ATHENS - Expecting another record year in tourism to surpass the numbers in 2023 in arrivals and revenues, Greece’s infrastructure - particularly on overwhelmed islands - isn’t adequate to deal with the demands even as more resorts keep opening.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.