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PM angrily denies spying allegations

[Prime Minister’s Office/InTime News]

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday made claims published in the opposition Sunday newspaper that he had ordered surveillance on some of his closest collaborators and their wives, among others whose calls were allegedly intercepted by spyware. vehemently denied.

“It’s an incredible lie,” Mitsotakis said in an interview with television station ANT1.

The prime minister attacked Kostas Vaksevanis, the publisher of the document, who often clashed with Mitsotakis on very personal terms. Vaxevanis is known to have close ties to high-ranking politicians in the left-wing opposition SYRIZA party. Among them is his Pavlos Polakis, a hot-tempered MP and former Acting Minister of Health.

Mitsotakis directly attacked opposition leader Alexis Tsipras to influence the publication of the charges.

The Prime Minister denied any role by himself and state agencies, including the National Intelligence Agency (EYP) under his direct supervision, but hinted that the spyware may have been purchased and used by individuals. . “I never claimed there was no personal hub,” he said. [the Israeli-made] predator [spyware]…I don’t know who’s behind this, but I’m pretty sure I’m not involved, not EYP,” Mitsotakis added.

The prime minister added that if the allegations were fully investigated and his government voted on, he would repeat before parliament a bill that would explicitly ban the sale of spyware in Greece. there is no other,” he said.

Mitsotakis cited previous SYRIZA allegations that 10 conservative and socialist officials had engaged in illegal dealings with pharmaceutical company Novartis, which the allegations cited as evidence of the opposition’s lack of qualms. was finally discarded.

Several of the ministers named in the story of the document spied on by Mitsutakis expressed their distrust of the revelation.

Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hadjidakis said he “doesn’t believe this happened”, adding that the newspaper article “has names but no evidence”. Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis ridiculed the idea of ​​Mitsotakis spying on his wife, as the story claims.



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