SDSM Leader Releases First 'Bomb': More than 20,000 Citizens Were Wiretapped
In Macedonia, on the order of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and the head of Counterintelligence Agency, Saso Mijalkov, more than 20,000 people were wiretapped, said the leader of SDSM opposition party, Zoran Zaev, at a press conference on Monday, in which he presented materials that are compromising the authorities, Telegraf.mk reports.
Zaev stressed he was wiretapped for four years. In order to prove that, he presented recordings of talks he held with journalists from the time he was not even president of the largest opposition party.
The party filed criminal charges against PM Gruevski and Saso Mijalkov for having ordered the wiretapping, as well as against Goran Gruevski, head of the fifth department. Besides these, criminal charges are also to be filed against unknown individuals employed at the Agency. In addition to the criminal charges, around 300 recorded talks are also to be submitted, which according to Zaev, were taken in the past few days.
In the aim of showing he was wiretapped, at the press conference, he played several recordings of him talking to his daughter.
"We will add to the charge a 204-page-long material containing conversations of leaders of the opposition, journalists, and businessmen which are only part of the talks that were wiretapped," Zaev said.
He added that during the elections, civil servants were also wiretapped so that the Government would have 24-hour information on their opponents.
Zaev claimed that in the period of just few years, over 20,000 citizens were wiretapped, including him personally, and all the members of the opposition. He argued that Gruevski and Mijalkov were wiretapping as well their party members and Ministers, Gordana Jankuloska and Zoran Stavreski. In order to support this claim, Zaev played a recording of a conversation in which the Macedonian interior minister talks about the interpellation, which was also submitted.
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