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March 28, 2023

Blaga: Interior Ministry intel agency discredited by ‘irresponsible’ statements

Interior Minister Vasile Blaga on Wednesday slammed ‘irresponsible’ statements made by politicians such as Social Democrat Marian Vanghelie regarding the Interior Ministry’s intelligence department (DGIPI). In a TV show, Blaga said that such statements harmed the country because the institution lost credibility and no longer received intelligence from other countries’ agencies. In September last year, PSD Bucharest leader Vanghelie repeatedly said he had access to DGIPI archives and threatened to use information from the archives, which might be compromising for the head of state. “The irresponsible statements made by some political figures greatly harmed the institution. To argue that one knows where the archive is and what it contains … this harmed not only DGIPI. They (the ones who launched the information) wanted to frighten DGIPI, but this greatly harmed Romania, because it undermined the institution’s credibility both at home – for no one wanted to go on working with it – and abroad, for we were no longer given intelligence,” the minister claimed.

Moving on to a different topic, when asked if the ruling Democrat Liberals would continue their efforts to oust Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana from office, Blaga argued it would be “dignified” for the PSD top member to reconsider his position, especially in the context of the Voicu scandal.

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