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Greece Seeks US Help in Wiretapping Scandal

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The role of the National Intelligence Agency (EYP) is investigated by judges. Credit: AMNA

Prosecutors in Greece investigating the wiretapping scandal have requested the help of judicial authorities in the US in their work.

Two Greek prosecutors are trying to trace the digital footprints of electronic addresses included in text (SMS) messages, through which the Predator spyware was installed on the cellphones of politicians and journalists.

The electronic addresses appear to belong to one or more companies based in the United States, and American authorities’ contribution relates to locating them.

The prosecutors said in their document to the US that their investigation could lead to criminal liability for the violation of communications and personal data laws.

Meanwhile, the judges continue to hear testimony from witnesses, as they await the review of confiscated materials by the police’s electronic crimes division, which raided offices and homes of individuals involved in Predator-related activities.

Greece raids companies associated with the wiretapping scandal

Among the companies targeted was of Intellexa, an Israeli-owned company related to the Predator spyware.

At the same time, prosecutors sent a written official request to the National Intelligence Agency (EYP) whether the names of politicians, journalists and others, which some media reports said were being monitored, correspond to reality.

The Greek government has consistently denied that it used the Predator software to spy on politicians and journalists. It has admitted that such a system may be in operation in Greece but denies any involvement.

Earlier in December lawmakers in Greece approved legislation banning commercial spyware and reforming rules for legally-sanctioned wiretaps.

The 156-142 vote in parliament followed two days of debate, during which opposition lawmakers accused the government of attempting to cover up the illegal surveillance.

Under the new law, the use, sale or distribution of spyware in Greece will carry a penalty of a two-year minimum prison sentence.

Additional safeguards were also planned for legal wiretaps as well as for hiring the director and deputy directors of EYP.


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