Tapping clues are trickling in

MPs on the committee investigating the recent phone-tapping scandal yesterday appeared frustrated at the lack of progress in their probe as they again demanded more information from the National Intelligence Agency (EYP). The deputies yesterday released part of a report compiled by the Communications Privacy Protection Authority (ADAE), which is also looking into which unidentified eavesdroppers listened in on some 100 mobile phones, including the prime minister’s. For privacy and security reasons, the details of 23 phone numbers that were used to communicate with the 14 «shadow» phones used in the snooping operation were blacked out by the MPs before they made the report public. The watchdog believes that five of these 23 numbers played a key role in coordinating the exercise. ADAE’s report also explains how the «shadow» phones were used to contact the USA, Britain, Australia, Sweden and Albania. MPs, however, admitted that it was proving difficult to sift through the information and find out more about those behind the operation. PASOK MPs called again for EYP to supply information to them for its own probe into the affair. Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras has so far refused this offer. «We want to see what material they processed and discarded to produce their report,» said Socialist deputy Apostolos Kaklamanis. «The committee can call any witnesses it sees fit and nobody can stop that.» The head of the committee, New Democracy MP Anastassios Karamarios, said the issue will be discussed today. The deputies are also due to meet again with representatives of ADAE next Tuesday.