OĽaNO’s security expert acquitted of charges for leaking classified information

The key witness altered their testimony, the police reported on Facebook.

Jaroslav NaďJaroslav Naď (Source: SME)

Jaroslav Naď, a former employee of the Defence Ministry and security expert who joined the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) movement, no longer stands accused of leaking classified information.

The investigator of the National Criminal Agency (NAKA) dropped the charges on November 29 after the main witness changed his testimony, thus eliminating the reason for the charges being laid, the police informed on Facebook.

A security threat alleged

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Naď was suspected of endangering classified information. NAKA accused him of asking about classified facts that he was supposed to pass on to other people. More specifically, Naď said the accusation against him pertains to his questions regarding the attack on double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK in 2018. Naď allegedly questioned someone from the “security environment” about it.

The man who filed the criminal complaint against Nad is the Head of Military Intelligence Ján Balciar. He also filed another criminal charge against Naď related to his business. Moreover, Military Intelligence is said to have wiretapped him.

Naď said that the allegations are made up and considered them a form of revenge for Nad''s criticism of Balciar.

Following the charges, PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) even summoned a meeting of the Security Council.

The attempted revenge

Talking to the media on December 2, Naď reiterated that the accusation was unfounded and ill-conceived revenge on Balciar's part.

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“Seeing the evidence in the file, I was surprised the charges had been laid,” Naď said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

His legal representative Daniel Lipšic appreciated the actions of the NAKA investigator and the supervising prosecutor, implying that the investigators were misled by the Military Intelligence’s representatives. He also stressed that no classified information was endangered in this matter.

“The key witness changed his testimony and, when additional questions were posed, it was clear that Jaroslav Naď didn’t know that the question to the answer he had asked could have had a classified character,” he added, as quoted by TASR.​​​​​​

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