'Bulgarian FBI' Head: Discrediting Tapes Fake

Domestic | January 27, 2011, Thursday // 20:44|  views

Head of the Bulgaria's State National Security Agency (DANS) Tsvetelin Yovchev. Photo by BGNES

The allegedly tapped phone conversations between high officials are manipulated, according to Tsvetelin Yovchev, Head of the Bulgaria's State National Security Agency DANS

"Those who hope that the recorded conversations are real are up for an unpleasant surprise," Tsvetelin Yovchev declared on Thursday.

Yovchev said that before the media after the Bulgarian Parliamentary Subcommittee for Special Surveillance Devices Control which held an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon over the newest in the series of recorded conversations between Bulgaria's Customs Agency Head Vanyo Tanov and Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, released by the Galeria weekly on Wednesday.

Bulgaria's so-called "spy" scandal was initially triggered by three tapes of discrediting conversations between the Director of the Customs Agency, Vanyo Tanov, and his superiors – Finance Minister Simeon Djankov and Deputy Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov.

The tapes were released earlier this month at a news conference, again held by by the Galeria weekly, a paper believed to be the mouthpiece of Aleksei Petrov, former special agent of, (currently under house arrest), who has been investigated on organized crime charges since his detention in the much advertised "Operation Octopus" in February 2010.

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Tags: Bulgarian, DANS, Tsvetelin Yovchev, Vanyo Tanov, Boyko Borisov, spy

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