Bulgaria ex-Interim PM Says He Was Subject to Wiretapping

Domestic | February 16, 2015, Monday // 10:31|  views

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Prof Georgi Bliznashki, who was caretaker PM between August and November 2014, claimed on Monday there had been eavesdropping on some of his phone conversations during the 2013 anti-government protest.

In his words, it was done in an "impertinent" and an "insolent" way.

Bliznashki had become popular as one of the staunchest civil activists in 2014, until his appointment by President Rosen Plevneliev to take over as interim PM.

On Monday he told the Bulgarian National Television about an incident in 2013, when he postponed a meeting over the phone saying he had to collect his wife from the Sofia Airport.

"There [at the airport], however, two people stop her from DANS and interrogate her."

DANS, or State Agency for National Security, is the counter-intelligence body where the lawmaker Delyan Peevski was appointed as Chairman in 2013, with the move sparking massive protests across Bulgaria and prompting his resignation.

In a TV debate on the "Peevski" affair, a journalist "gave information that is confidential and could have been obtained only through wiretapping on a phone conversation," he argued.

His words follow last weeks' allegations that hundreds of protesters had been snooped on during the anti-government protests against the cabinet of Plamen Oresharski in the summer of 2013.

The so-called "Worms" operation is currently under investigation, with authorities yet to release more data which currently counts as "classified".

A probe has been launched into the case which allegedly involves the permission of Sofia City Court Chair Vladimira Yaneva.

Former Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev, who took the office at the time of the protests, denies claims there has been any wiretapping.

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Tags: Georgi Bliznashki, wiretapping, eavesdropping, Plamen Oresharski, Delyan Peevski, Tsvetlin Yovchev, Rosen Plevneliev, DANS, worms


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