Bulgaria Recalls Military Attaches from US, Ukraine

Diplomacy | February 2, 2011, Wednesday // 11:30|  views

Bulgaria’s Defense Minister, Anyu Angelov, is a former military attach? to London. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Defense Ministry is working on recalling the country's military attaches to the US and the Ukraine, Valentin Tsankov and Volodya Tsvetanov.

The news was reported Wednesday by the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR.

The reason behind the move is the recent revelation that the two have been agents of the former Communist State Security (DS).

Bulgaria's Files Commission announced on January 26 the names of 149 high-ranking employees of the Defense Ministry, who have been agents or collaborators of the former Communist State Security (DS).

According to the Commission, a special panel investigating the Communist-era secret services files, 40 of them still work at the Ministry, but according to the Ministry itself, only 12 remain there.

Tsvetanov and Tsankov will be recalled in a month from the Ukraine and the US respectively.

Volodya Tsvetanov is the brother of former Interior Minister and now Member of the Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Rumen Petkov. He has been recruited in 1984 and worked for DS under the alias Mercury.

Tsankov, who had also served as military attach? in London, had been recruited in 1982.

The Defense Ministry informs they are already looking for replacements.

It is expected that more names would pop-up after the Commission concludes the probe of the Military Information Services and the National Intelligence Services.

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Tags: Files Commission, DS, State Security, agents, collaborators, military attaches, Anyu Angelov, Defense Ministry


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