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Greek Spy Chief Quits Over ‘Mishandled’ Phone Tapping Operation

Aug. 5, 2022, 2:49 PM

Greece’s top spy has stepped down amid allegations that a journalist and an opposition politician had their mobile phones targeted by spying software.

Panagiotis Kontoleon, the head of the national intelligence service, resigned Friday following a “mishandling of legal surveillance operations,” according to an emailed statement from the office of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Kontoleon told a parliamentary committee that his agency had spied on a journalist, Reuters reported this week, citing two sources who it said were present at the meeting.

Adding to the turmoil in Athens, Grigoris Dimitriadis, the general secretary of Mitsotakis’s office and the premier’s ...