The head of Slovakia’s National Security Authority (NBÚ), František Blanárik, resigned from his post on Monday morning, March 7, handing his resignation to Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík, the SITA newswire reported. His term would have ended in September 2013 but he explained his resignation was due to alleged ‘intelligence games’ aimed at scandalising people, including him.
In 2005 and later in 2006, Blanárik received the “highest-level, top secret clearance”, according to NBÚ spokesperson Blažena Zimanová. In 2006, he also received the NATO certificate for work with the alliance’s top classified information.
After last year’s election, the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party was given authority to nominate a candidate. SaS and its chairman Richard Sulík had stated they wanted the authority to be free of any communists and former secret service (ŠtB) members, but Blanárik remained in his position according to Sulík because he was an expert.
According to recent media information, Blanárik allegedly reported his friends to military counter-intelligence and two years ago the then-opposition had called on former PM Robert Fico to recall him immediately.
“I respect the decision of Mr. Blanárik, and we will soon present our nominee for the NBÚ head position,” Sulík stated. Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic stated it would be crucial to find an NBÚ chairman whose credentials could not be doubted from either the professional or moral point of view.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Mar 2011 at 14:00