OPINION

Runaway agent…

And so the Greek police force has finally admitted that the notorious Apostolos Vavilis – or Fokas or Father Rafaelo or however else he was known – had been a registered informer; and that this had been the reason for his privileged treatment by the state, which also used him to undertake other murky cases and missions. But the average citizen would assume that, once one is aware of the murky nature of one’s agent, one ensures that he is being watched and monitored. After all, in such cases there is a transference from «legality» (if we assume that the state indeed uses criminals for the supposed good of society) to an illegality which benefits either the state itself or other centers of power or interests. And so it is completely crazy and inconceivable that the agent in question has disappeared or that the National Intelligence Agency can announce that it has no information about a man with his name (any of his names, presumably), especially as such services do not keep tracks of such individuals by their various aliases. Moreover, it is one thing to use such an individual to do your dirty work – which all the world’s security services are forced into doing at some point or another – and quite another entirely to «upgrade» such an individual to be an official supplier of materials and services to the state…