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ND and SYRIZA clash after advisor to PM outs anonymous blogger

New Democracy and leftist SYRIZA opposition continued to exchange accusations on Thursday, two days after an advisor to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras revealed the identity of an anonymous leftist blogger thanks to information allegedly drawn from Parliament's security office.

Giorgos Mouroutis attacked blogger Pitsirikos (little chap in Greek) on Twitter, using his real name, after the blogger had made a controversial comment about the Boston Marathon bombings.

When asked by other Tweeps where he got the information, Mouroutis said that Pitsirikos had used his real identity during a recent visit at Parliament for an interview with SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.

On Thursday the left-wing party's parliamentary spokesman Dimitris Papadimoulis said Mouroutis had been breached privacy rules.

Tsipras met with the Parliament's security chief who assured him that the visitor's list is confidential.

New Democracy's parliamentary spokesman Sofia Voultepsi on Thursday denied allegations of wrongdoing.

“Mouroutis never said he is monitoring Tsipras's visitors, nor would it be possible to do so,” she said.

She said the blogger had posted the Tsipras interview on his site together with a photograph from the event.

“The blogger's identity is known to everyone, it's not secret. He used to present a show on TV, he has turned up in court. Pitsirikos has stopped being anonymous,” Voultepsi said.

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