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CIA Wiretapped the Greek Prime Minister in 2004

15 June 2014 / 20:06:27  GRReporter
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"I want to testify about wiretapping…". This was stated all of a sudden before the Greek judicial system by a 65-year-old former CIA agent, the creator of a 14 shadow-phone system through which the conversations of 104 persons were wire tapped. Among them were the then Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, senior Greek police officers, people suspected of involvement in armed organizations as well as Muslims living in Athens.

The former agent of the U.S. services, William B., who, as shown by the information gathered by the investigating officer Dimitris Foukas, had played a major role in the wiretapping scandal, contacted the investigator a few days ago through his legal representative and expressed willingness to testify.

Some justice officials have expressed hope that this act will shed light on the scandal affecting the goals and reasons for the wiretapping as well as on the case regarding the death of a former employee of the Vodafone telecommunications company, Konstantinos Tsalikidis, who was found dead in his home in 2005.

According to To Vima newspaper, William B. is of Greek origin, from Karpathos, where members of his family live. In the past he held senior positions in the CIA office in Athens for about 15 years, and dealt with issues concerning Greek and international terrorism.

After the scandal was disclosed, William B. went on missions in Sudan, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Now he is retired and lives in the USA, but a few months ago he arrived in Athens.

In the last few months, investigator Foukas has gathered information on the involvement of William B. in the scandal. Initially, the impressions were that the former agent would use the legal norms not allowing the transfer of U.S. diplomatic officials accused in Greece of such crimes.

However, according to sources close to judicial circles, William B.’s sudden appearance shows that on a personal level, and not only, he wants to solve the issue with the Greek judicial system because he has family ties to the country. Yet his choice of action may lead to unpredictable consequences.

According to the available information, the former U.S. agent has distanced himself from the wiretapping case and hopes to testify only, and not be charged.

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