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March 24, 2023

Secret phone lines installed at Traian Basescu’s campaign headquarters

A new scandal gushed Monday night, as the press uncovered the fact that secure communications systems had been installed by the Special Telecommunications Service (STS) at Traian Basescu’s campaign headquarters. The disclosure came from ziuaveche.ro and STS spokesman confirmed the presence of the special equipment there. ‘The only means of the Special Telecommunications Service are legally deployed where the suspended president operates. The communications systems installed by the STS are those specified in the legal documents, according to the current statute of the suspended president’, STS spokesman Col. Adrian Fulea told ziuaveche.ro. Fulea also said that the Presidential Administration had been notified about the installation of the telecom encryption system at Traian Basescu’s campaign headquarters. Under its dedicated law, the STS is a military organisation empowered with the coordination of activities in the area of special telecommunications for public authorities in Romania. The institutions that are legally entitled to secure communications systems by the STS are: the Parliament, President, Government, institutions in the area of defence, national security and public order, central and local public administration, judiciary, Court of Auditors, Constitutional Court and leading bodies within government institutions and non-government organisations of national interest. The STS will also provide the technical assistance needed for the July 29 referendum.  Asked what he thought about the deployment of secure telecom equipment at Traian Basescu’s campaign central office, interim President Crin Antonescu Monday night said he had not been informed on that and refused to comment before gathering information on the matter. Ion Stan, Vice President of the parliamentary Committee for the Control of SRI, said on Antena 3 TV, Monday night, that it was an abuse by the STS, because Traian Basescu no longer has the right to enjoy such benefits.

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