ATHENS – Greek Corruption prosecutor Dimitris Foukas has issued a warrant for the arrest of a former US Embassy official on spying charges.
The development came as part of a long-running investigation into a wiretapping scandal surrounding the administration of former Premier and one-time New Democracy Conservative leader Costas Karamanlis and dozens of other officials during and after the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Prosecutors said they found after looking into a wiretapping system that unidentified eavesdroppers listen in on the mobile phone conversations of Karamanlis and others.
The American, who hasn’t been named yet, was alleged to have been a member of the CIA’s team in Athens in the mid-1990s.
Kathimerini said it was told by sources it didn’t name that the prosecutor issued the warrant after cross-checking information according to which the suspect allegedly purchased in June 2004 four cellphones from a store in Piraeus.
The investigator said three of the devices were so-called shadow phones used to record and relay conservations and that the suspect’s wife bought the phones.
Staff at the Piraeus cellphone store reportedly said they recognized her. Access to the suspect’s telephone records provided additional information, reinforcing the prosecutor’s belief of the husband’s involvement in the wiretapping.
The suspect was said to have left Greece shortly after the scandal was revealed in the spring of 2005 and returned that summer, as a diplomat.