Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NBÚ director denies cooperating with communist Intelligence Service

The special Parliamentary Committee to Oversee the National Security Office dealt with media reports about National Security Office (NBÚ) head František Blanárik and his supposed cooperation with the communist era military counterintelligence service, the SITA newswire wrote.

The special Parliamentary Committee to Oversee the National Security Office dealt with media reports about National Security Office (NBÚ) head František Blanárik and his supposed cooperation with the communist era military counterintelligence service, the SITA newswire wrote.

Blanárik dismissed allegations that he knowingly cooperated with the military counterintelligence service of the previous regime.

"I am not, nor have ever been a secret agent," he told journalists after he attended the committee meeting.

He considers the information, which allegedly come from a file kept by the military counterintelligence service in the 1970s, untrustworthy. However, Blanárik admitted that he, as a professional soldier under the previous regime, worked briefly at the intelligence unit of the general staff in 1980, but in his words it was only a few weeks and he worked there only as a janitor after he applied to be moved to another position. That is why he could not have acquired any knowledge about the work of intelligence or counterintelligence services.

Moreover, Prime Minister Robert Fico stated that Blanárik underwent a lie detector test before he got security clearance.

"One cannot easily betray a lie detector. I have full confidence in the vetting process," he said.

The NBÚ's role is to protect classified information from people who are not reliable for security reasons. NBÚ considers deliberate collaborators of the previous regime to be such people. SITA

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

Top stories

PM Fico wants Education Minister’s resignation

Education Minister Peter Plavčan has refused to leave, the Prime Minister demanding his resignation.

Education Minister Peter Plavčan

Have you ever climbed a via ferrata? Photo

In central Slovakia, there is one also suitable for beginners. Here are some of the views it offers.

Things that make us different also make us stronger

On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.

Southern Slovakia will face heat again

The first-level warning is issued for the 16th and 17th.