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Wiretapping scandal: SYRIZA MP’s phone infected with Predator spyware

The wiretapping scandal in Greece reached a new level on Friday, when SYRIZA MP and former Citizen Protection Minister Christos Spirtzis (SYRIZA) filed a lawsuit at the country Supreme Court. His phone was wiretapped with spyware Predator, in the same period as of PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis and journalist Thanassis Koukakis, the left-wing MP told reporters in live broadcast.

Friday morning, Spirtzis filed a lawsuit against everyone responsible for a series of crimes, including the creation of a criminal organization. The lawsuit was filed to the prosecutor of the Supreme Court, Arios Pagos.

The mobile was intercepted in 2021.

Infection with the malicious Predator took place at the same time as the surveillance of PASOK -KINAL, Nikos Androulakis, and journalist Thanassis Koukakis, Christos Spirtzis told reporters in statements after the filing of the lawsuit.

Wiretapping  a SYRIZA MP means his conversations with all SYRIZA lawmakers and the leader of the main opposition, left-wing, Alexis Tsipras, were heard by a third party, information was gathered and forwarded “accordingly” to those who had interest what the opposition was thinking and talking about.

In his statements to reporters broadcast live by state-run ERT, Spirtzis said that two SMS were sent to his mobile phone that was infected with the Predator software.

The second SMS sent to his cell phone was the same as the one seen by Thanasis Koukakis and Nikos Androulakis on their cell phones, the MP stressed.

He added that he published a complaint about wiretapping and EYP on daily efimerida ton syntakton (EFSYN)  on November 13, 2021 and a second one on November 15, after wiretapping revelations by the newspaper.

“On the same day, I received a trap SMS on my cell phone with Predator that had efsyn.news as a link instead of efsyn.gr. Four days later I received a new message with the aim of trapping my mobile. This shows that some people desperately wanted to know which journalists and citizens I was talking to and apparently my conversations with the president of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, about the EYP and the revelations that had been made in those days,” Spirtzis said.

Addressing a series of questions to the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who became in charge the National Intelligence Service (EYP) with a Law right after he came to power in 2019, Spirtzis said:

“Mr. Mitsotakis, did you listen to the conversations I had with the president of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras? Were you listening to our thoughts, concerns and tactics? Did you hear and see in his office the meetings we had? Did you listen to my conversations with the other SYRIZA department heads and MPs? Did you read the messages we exchanged? Did you watch the meetings we held in our party? Did you follow the meetings or the communications we had with journalists or MPs of other parties?”

“The attempt to trap my mobile phone is related to my political activity and my institutional status as head of the Citizen Protection department, responsible for EYP matters,” Spirtzis stressed..

“I want to inform and emphasize that the second SMS is the same that was sent to Thanasis Koukakis and Nikos Androulakis. Which means they weren’t isolated incidents of surveillance. Neither of Mr. Koukakis, nor of Mr. Androulakis. The three messages were sent from the same sick, morbid, anti-democratic and illegitimate center. This center is EYP Mitsotakis, either directly or through their mandate from third parties. That is why I am asking public questions,” the SYRIZA MP underlined.

In first reaction, Government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou reportedly described Spirtzis denouncements and law suit as “cheap spectacle” just a day before the Prime Minister will announce a new packet of society support a the International Fair of Thessaloniki.

More on Greece’s wiretapping scandal here.

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