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Gašparovič releases spy boss from oath of secrecy

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič has released Karol Mitrík, the current director of the Slovak Information Service (SIS), the country’s main intelligence agency, from his oath of secrecy. Mitrík can now be interviewed by investigators looking into the case of the so-called Gorilla file, which purports to describe wiretapped conversations in 2005-6 between senior politicians and officials and representatives of the Penta financial group, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič has released Karol Mitrík, the current director of the Slovak Information Service (SIS), the country’s main intelligence agency, from his oath of secrecy. Mitrík can now be interviewed by investigators looking into the case of the so-called Gorilla file, which purports to describe wiretapped conversations in 2005-6 between senior politicians and officials and representatives of the Penta financial group, the SITA newswire reported.

“The decision of the head of state has been delivered to both the investigator and SIS management,” said the president’s spokesperson, Marek Trubač, as quoted by SITA.

Gašparovič received the request to temporarily release Mitrík from his oath of secrecy on January 23. He initially returned it to investigators commenting that it did not contain all the details required.

Source: SITA

For more information about this story, please see: Gašparovič asks for additional information before lifting SIS secrecy pledge.

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