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Transcript of the February 12 SIS report

On February 18 and 19, the daily Sme published the complete text of the Report on the Operation of the Slovak Information Service (SIS), which was presented by new SIS director Vladimír Mitro in a closed session of parliament on February 12. The following text is made up of excerpts from the report:

On February 18 and 19, the daily Sme published the complete text of the Report on the Operation of the Slovak Information Service (SIS), which was presented by new SIS director Vladimír Mitro in a closed session of parliament on February 12. The following text is made up of excerpts from the report:

True prognosis

In the international sphere, [the SIS activities] were oriented predominantly towards cooperation with the intelligence services of the Russian Federation, although the former SIS management had tried unsuccessfully to win an invitation to cooperate with the highest representatives of the intelligence services of NATO member countries...

Verbal commands

Reports and documents were destroyed, even after the government of [Prime Minister] Mikuláš Dzurinda took office and SIS management was changed, which was in violation of the rules on filing written documentation on intellingence service activities. Many files were archived in a way that resulted in the majority of these documents being destroyed or misplaced in other files. In many cases, there's a suspicion that the supposedly destroyed documents were never actually shredded [but were instead simply hidden]. This mostly concerns information collected by the service about organized crime, drug market, the illegal purchase and sale of weapons and radioactive materials, about the activities of the underworld, corruption, property and financial mismanagement and fraud cases. It cannot be excluded that the above mentioned information and data are in the wrong hands and could be abused for political reasons...

What is worse, the collection of information for this report was made more complicated by the fact that the former SIS managment applied the "special regime" method in cases that involved legal violations [by SIS staff]. The illegal activites of SIS agents were not documented in accordance with the internal norms of the intelligence service, and non-standard information flows were used instead. Orders to perform illegal acts were given [to SIS officers] only verbally...

The main goal of the activities of the [SIS's] secret sources and collaborators was the collection of compromising material on people with negative attitudes towards the government [of former Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar]. The SIS monitored the political parties of both the opposition and the ruling coalition. Of the former opposition, the Party of the Democratic Left (SDĽ) and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) were focused on the most...

In connection with this, I would like to give some concrete examples. The SIS database contained information about Ján Slota, chairman of the [far-right] Slovak National Party [SNS - a former member party of Mečiar coalition], and Hubert Kraus, a former deputy for the Association of Slovak Workers [ZRS - the junior partner in the Mečiar coalition] - both of whom, by the way, were members of the Special SIS Supervisory Office of the Slovak Parliament. The database also contained information on the former Army Chief of Staff Jozef Tuchyňa and the former Defence Minister Ján Sitek...

The SIS also collected information on Košice Mayor Rudolf Schuster, KDH chairman Ján Čarnogurský, Ladislav Pittner, Jozef Migaš, Vladimír Palko, Milan Kňažko and other politicians of the former opposition...

Church under watch

Rudolf Baláž, chairman of the Slovak Bishops Conference, archbishop Ján Sokol, Brestovany parish administrator M. Červený and Sister Ignácia, Mother Superior of the Ursuline Convent in Bratislava, all belonged to the group of "interesting persons" for the SIS...

Activities against [President] Michal Kováč

According to a report from May 26, 1995, which SIS director Ivan Lexa sent to Prime Minster Vladimír Mečiar, there were three types of operations [being considered against Kováč]. The SIS analytical document was based on the theory that Kováč's voluntary withdrawal from the presidential post could be achieved by applying pressure to him - by raising political tension and launching a strong information campaign to discredit Michal Kováč as a person and as a president. The document provided the option that Kováč would be given a chance to withdraw under comfortable conditions in exchange for halting the attacks against him. Moreover, the document suggested a possibility that this strategy would be sold to a certain part of the then opposition powers [which supported Kováč] in exchange for a chance for them to enter the ruling coalition, which would have allowed some of their representatives to participate in the execution of the state power as well as give them access to privatisation...

Another option considered suggested shortening the president's term in office until the end of 1995 and reducing the powers of the president and his office. According to the document, the carrying of this alternative required the support of 8 to 9 opposition and independent deputies... In this operation the opposition deputies were supposed to be offered high state functions and participation in privatisation, and SIS agents were responsible for discovering the privatisation interests of the opposition deputies...

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