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Greece denies spying reports

Diplomatic sources in Athens yesterday dismissed reports in Turkey that a Greek spy masquerading as a diplomat at the Consulate General in Izmir returned to Greece after the arrest of three Turks for allegedly passing on information. Sources denied that any spy had been working at the Greek Consulate General and said that a diplomat from there had returned to Athens a few days ago but did so for the Christmas holidays not because he was about to be declared persona non grata, as the Hurriyet daily reported. The newspaper said that three Turkish nationals were arrested in Izmir and Bodrum following an almost yearlong surveillance operation, during which they met with the alleged spy to sell military information. The Zaman daily reported the three suspects confessed to having acquired images and videos of military exercises, military vehicles and their license plates, military installation plans and naval vessels, which they then sent to Greece.