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Wiretapping scandal in Greece. Tighter Intelligence Service Control.

The Greek government proposed a new law to tighten checks on the country’s intelligence service following the recent wiretapping scandal that shocked the nation.

The draft law which was posted online for public consultation yesterday, Tuesday, 15 November, aims to update the process of lifting the confidentiality of communications and to optimize operations of the Greek National Intelligence Service, according to the Ministry of Justice.

The Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is under extreme pressure to explain why the National Intelligence Service wiretapped the mobile phone of his opposition leader, Nikos Androulakis, among others, with the illegal software called Predator.

The Greek Prime Minister refused to unveil the reasons in public and said that the surveillance was legal. However, he added that if he knew it, he wouldn't have authorized it.

Apart from Nikos Androulakis, the list included also the Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, the former Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the former minister Michalis Chrysochoidis, the Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis and a number of businessmen and journalists.

We should note that many of the names on that list come from the governing party that Mr Mitsotakis is heading. The list was first published by Documento newspaper.

The Greek government has denied that National Intelligence Service has put these people under surveillance and insists that if they were wiretapped someone else is responsible.