OPINION

Suspicions rise as leaders keep mum

The recent letter sent by New Democracy MP and former party leader Miltiades Evert to the president of the Communications Privacy Protection Authority (ADAE), urging him to focus on so-far unexplored aspects of the cell phone-tapping scandal, marked an important political initiative. Prompted by a revealing article published in the Sunday edition of Eleftherotypia, Evert – in a letter made public yesterday – raised the legitimate question of whether ADAE has extended its investigation to the role of senior officials working for a mobile phone server which is said to be connected to the eavesdropping affair. The usually raucous media (with the exception of Skai Radio) and vociferous politicians yesterday avoided any references to Evert’s weighty allegations. Recent reports published in Kathimerini about budget overruns and deadline extensions dogging the construction of the Monastiraki-Aegaleo metro line extension have also met with conspicuous silence. Virtually all politicians as well as the media have kept mum on the issue – and those who have mentioned it seem more interested in slamming Kathimerini’s purported secret agenda. Some people, it seems, wish to detract attention from the heart of the matter. Even for those who do not share the concerns or claims of Evert and Kathimerini, they can at least acknowledge the obligation of responsible officials to provide answers to these questions. These are questions which have been raised in public so they command a public response. Strangely, certain issues are covered in a veil of silence. Serious suspicions, accusations and evidence fail to rouse any reaction. It is obvious that the power of the system of political and business entanglement remains undiminished, effectively stifling politicians and the media.