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SIS practicing commie tactics, says Jane's

The Jane's Intelligence Review magazine in its December 18 edition criticized Slovakia's SIS secret service for practicing communist-style methods, and said that if it did not change it would represent a major barrier to Slovakia's NATO membership.

Jane's, which is considered a global authority on military and intelligence issues, wrote that the SIS continued to organize weapons trades, work closely with the Russian secret service, and use "dirty tricks" such as blackmailing politicians and journalists.

SIS director Vladimír Mitro, who is expected to be replaced soon, threatened court action if the story was not retracted. The magazine referred to Mitro as "a product of the former communist regime who received his schooling in the 1970s."

Jane's editor Alex Standish said he stood by the story, for all that it did not quote any sources for the information directly.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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