ATHENS – Yiannis Roubatis, a journalist who has denounced Greece’s cooperation with US secret services, has been named head of the National Intelligence Service (EYP).
Robatis was appointed by Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras, who also holds anti-American and anti-NATO views.
It wasn’t said if Roubatis now will now let EYP work with the CIA or other American agencies just as US President Barack Obama congratulated the new Greek government on his election and as the US said it wanted to keep co-operation with Greece, especially over terrorism.
In private, American intelligence officials have referred to EYP as “The Sieve” for its lack of competence and inability to keep secrets.
In 1987, Roubatis published Tangled Webs: US in Greece 1947-1967, a book based on his PhD thesis in which he blistered American administrations and Greece’s post-war conservative parties for their cooperation with US secret services.
Born in Ioannina, northwestern Greece in 1948, Roubatis holds a doctorate in international relations from the prestigious John Hopkins University – a renowned American school that has taught diplomats.
He became a special adviser to Prime Minister and then-PASOK Socialist leader Andreas Papandreou for global media in 1981, and served as government spokesman during the 1987-88 period when the Premier came close to being forced out in a corruption scandal
Roubatis was elected to the European Parliament with socialist PASOK, serving as an MEP from 1994 to 1999.