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Spy boss confirms existence of harmful "group"

Director of the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) Ladislav Pittner told the parliamentary committee overseeing SIS activities that the harmful group identified by Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda does exist.

Pittner refused to tell the committee whether he provided Dzurinda with information on the group, which reportedly has been harming the state's interests.

However, Pittner has managed to persuade the committee that the "group" exists, and even committee head Viliam Soboňa (HZDS), who before the meeting had claimed that there is no such group, has changed his mind, wrote the daily SME.

According to Soboňa, however, the members are not identical with those named by Smer deputy Robert Kalinák, who listed SME Editor in Chief Martin Simečka, Radio Free Europe reporter Milan Žitný, and the head of the National Security Office (NBÚ), Ján Mojžiš, as its members.

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

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