The case involving the monitoring of journalists by military intelligence unit VOS under the Ministry of Defence is starting to unfold into a worrying scenario that shows how easy it is for the authorities to listen in on anyone they wish, even without due reason.
The latest revelations from a document exposed by Novy Cas point to how Prime Minister Iveta Radicova was also monitored by VOS in operation Dama in order to find out her position on certain issues, including concerning the so-called Hayek affair.
The people at the military intelligence unit VOS have also been recording people at the Ministry of Defence itself, with references, often derogatory, to defence minister Lubomir Galko, who was removed from his post today. In the transcripts acquired by Novy Cas, Galko is referred to as Mio.
Earlier in the week, head of nationalist party SNS, Jan Slota, was the one person to say openly how wiretapping has always been carried out and always will be. Another fact is that most applications by Slovak authorities to get a judge’s approval to wiretap someone are approved without question.
One of the journalists who was subjected to the phone tapping by VOS was also supposedly monitored under the previous government of Robert Fico. According to a document obtained by daily Hospodarske Noviny, Patricia Poprocka, in 2007 the secret service were tapping her calls and surveilling her movements. In both incidents, the journalist was allegedly being investigated for possible leaks of confidential information.
At that time the Ministry of Defence was run by Frantisek Kasicky from Fico’s Smer-Sd party, who was later dismissed over dodgy tenders.
As the affair expands, more and more revelations can be expected in the coming days, but now the case has been handed to the Attorney General’s office, where former attorney general Dobroslav Trnka will head a team to deal with the case.