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Wiretap charges being lined up

A prosecutor who reopened the investigation into the hacking of phones belonging to ex-Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and more than 100 others from 2004 to 2005 is set to issue charges next week after technical experts allegedly found evidence linking the US Embassy in Athens with the wiretaps, source have told Kathimerini.

Prosecutor Dimitris Dasoulas is expected to issue criminal charges for spying at the start of next week after experts from the Hellenic Authority of Communications Security and Privacy (ADAE) reportedly found that one of the 14 so-called shadow cellphones used to record conservations had a connection bought in the US Embassy?s name.

Sources said the charges are likely to be issued in rem rather than against specific people. Dasoulas is set to note in his report that US Embassy employees were embroiled in the wiretaps, in place from July 2004 to February 2005. However, as they are protected by diplomatic immunity, the prosecutor may choose to pursue suspects who aided them.