EYP hunts for source of leaks

An internal investigation has been launched at the National Intelligence Agency (EYP) to discover how the names of agents were recently published by a newspaper, amid concerns about an internal dispute at the secret service, an insider told Sunday’s Kathimerini. The probe began following the publication by the Proto Thema newspaper of the names of agents allegedly involved in the abduction and interrogation of Pakistanis living in Greece after July’s terrorist attacks in London. Following the report, the lawyer representing the migrants filed charges against the intelligence officers named in the article. EYP has denied any role in the alleged abductions but did not comment on whether the people mentioned in the report were members of its staff. Sources told Kathimerini that it would have been impossible for some of the officers whose names were published to have taken part in the alleged abductions as their duties were completely different. However, some agents were recalled from missions due to fears for their safety when the names were published. Heads of the service believe that someone within EYP leaked the names to the press and they are hoping to find out who was responsible. Sources said that the situation has shown up EYP’s weaknesses, damaged employees’ moral and, more significantly, revealed a power struggle within the organization. Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Greece denied on Friday claims that a naval base in Souda Bay, northwestern Crete, was used by American authorities to secretly hold and interrogate terrorist suspects. The claims had been made by Giorgos Karadzaferis, the leader of the far-right Popular Orthodox Rally, in a letter to Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis last week.

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