Infamous 'Spy' to Head Bulgarian 'FBI'Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 17:26| views
Vladimir Pisanchev, photo by BGNES
Vladimir Pisanchev, who was tangled in the "Galeria" spying scandal, is going to temporally head Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security, DANS.
He has been nominated Thursday by the country's new Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, who also accepted the resignation of DANS Director, Konstantin Kazakov.
The notorious operation "Galeria," in which DANS was exposed in unauthorized spying on journalists, MPs, and business people, started shortly after the Agency's launch in 2008 (during the term of the Three-Way Coalition, 2005 – 2009), over suspicions of leaks of classified information from its employees to the now-closed site "Opasnite" (The Dangerous).
The scandal flared when Members of the Parliament from the Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs found their names in the lists of individuals illegally spied on by DANS.
Vladimir Pisanchev, then Head of the Security Directorate of DANS, was accused by one of these MPs – Socialist Tatyana Doncheva, of giving the green light to the unauthorized wiretappings.
He firmly denied the accusations, but was nevertheless dismissed by the DANS Head at the time – Petko Sertov. Sertov also dismissed Deputy DANS Chief, Ivan Drashkov.
Pisanchev insists Sertov knew about everything that was going on in the Agency.
After the Cabinet of the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, took office in 2009, Drashkov was reinstated at the post by the Court, while Pisanchev was brought back by GERB.
In 2012, GERB appointed Pisanchev Deputy Director of DANS, replacing Drashkov, who resigned.
Vladimir Pisanchev was born in 1963 and works for law enforcement and police since 1992.
Former DANS Director, Tsvetlin Yovchev, who was replaced by Kazakov, is the Minister of Interior in the Cabinet "Oresharski.
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