Athens.- Thirty unknown people, whose names have not been released so far, are included on the wiretaps list. As per an article that appeared on To Vima paper, the list of the 103 people bugged, police authorities are aware of, includes 30 pre-paid mobile phones, whose holders are unknown. The initial investigation has shown that some of the aforementioned pre-paid mobiles belong to individuals affiliated with anarchists.
The unknown pre-paid mobile phones, whose owners are not included on the list of people bugged were activated from 2001 to February 28, 2005, namely four days before Ericsson first realized that there was something suspicious going on with Vodafone’s software. It is worth noticing that three of the bugged pre-paid mobile phones were activated in early 2005 and the conversations of their holders started being bugged shortly after the pre-paid mobiles were connected with the shadow mobiles, something that speaks for the ring’s constant action and alertness.
Furthermore, the Hellenic Authority fro the Information and Communication Security and Privacy (ADAE) have called on Vodafone to fill in a new questionnaire by March 10, since the first memo was vague. The five-page questionnaire consists 14 specific questions on technical and procedural issues. Upon its being completion, the ADAE’s Plenary Session will decide on the amount of the fines. ADAE’s articles of association provide for fines amounting from 10,000 to 1.5 million euros per confirmed offence committed by Vodafone.
In the meantime, according to Ethnos daily, the Tsalikidis family has asked for the assistance of renowned coroner Michael Baden to clarify Kostas Tsalikidis’ death. The world-class coroner, who has solved many crime riddles, has already received a file with the evidence on the case and he is to answer whether he will undertake Tsalikidis’ postmortem within the week.
THE UNSAID TRUTHS
An editorial published Saturday, in Kathimerini, raises questions about the issue.
“We get used to everything in the end — on the one hand the surfeit of information we are bombarded with on some topics and, on the other, the distinct impression that we are only being shown a small chink of the truth.
As a result, we have started to regard all developments in the phone-tapping scandal without great interest or surprise and without the outbursts of rage one would expect.
About a week ago the president of the Communications Privacy Protection Authority (ADAE) made a solemn declaration before Parliament’s transparency committee that he knew whether phone-tapping software had been planted manually (by a Vodafone official) or electronically (by an external actor) but that he did not want to say. But there was no reaction whatsoever to Andreas Lambrinopoulos’s condescending response, neither a public outcry nor any move by a prosecutor to oblige him to speak.
After all, it is the ADAE president’s duty to respond to the parliamentary committee in question. By concealing such a significant piece of information, he is undermining the investigation that the judiciary is supposedly carrying out into this affair.
But this is not the only example of covering up. Vodafone’s CEO Giorgos Koronias also publicly announced that he did not immediately report his discovery that phone-tapping software had been planted in his company’s system due to “reasons of national security.”
In view of the above, it is quite natural for us to feel that the wool is being pulled over our eyes; and it is equally natural for us to wonder how investigations into this scandal would have progressed had the ADAE been informed about the discovery of the phone-tapping software without a year-long delay”.