Narcisa Iorga, PDL’s former head of public relations and the Presidency’s representative within the National Audiovisual Council (CNA), analyzes the sudden resignation filed by George Scutaru, the President’s national security advisor. On her personal blog, Narcisa Iorga talks about Moscow, the FBI and the Big Brother laws.
“George Scutaru was appointed Presidential advisor on the first day of Ioahnnis’s term in office, on 22 December 2014. He was considered to be the President’s highly reliable man and it was assumed he was going to be the key person in establishing Romania’s future defense strategy. He was a member of the Supreme Defense Council (CSAT), as the President’s national security advisor. His seat was next to that of the Romanian Premier, the two being basically on equal footing in relation to Iohannis, one of them sitting to his right and the other to his left. A point on the order of the day of CSAT’s March 3 meeting consisted of the activity review of the National Cyber Security Response Center (CERT-RO). George Scutaru is specialized in this domain, having followed in 2011 a cyber security course for civilian and military officials (SES2/2011) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany,” Narcisa Iorga writes.
FBI Director came to Bucharest right when George Scutaru was getting ready to take over SIE
“On the same day, March 3, FBI Director James Camey came to Bucharest. In the official statements he made, the FBI Director presented cyber criminality as a top priority. Before the CSAT meeting, James Camey had very quick meetings with the Romanian President and Premier, as well as with the new director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). George Scutaru was rumored to be the future director of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE).”
“Unexpectedly, on March 6 at noon, the Presidency officially informs that national security advisor George Scutaru has been released from office. The whole press picks up the news, pointing out that he is preparing to take over the Foreign Intelligence Service. Biographies are written, his political career is described, he receives mostly positive reviews. In the afternoon the Presidential spokesperson points something out: “George Scutaru has resigned on personal grounds.” The route alleged by journalists, that of succeeding Teodor Melescanu at the helm of SIE, was basically dismissed. This is important, even more so since within PSD regrets were already being expressed in what concerned the vote offered to the SRI Director that Klaus Iohannis had unexpectedly proposed and who had received only 15 votes against from 513 votes cast,” Narcisa Iorga writes.
Link between Melescanu and Scutaru goes through Moscow
“Former SIE Director Teodor Melescanu is very familiar to George Scutaru, the person rumored to be the future head of SIE. Former internal politics journalist within Mediafax, Scutaru becomes in 1995 Pro TV’s correspondent in Moscow, to the surprise of many of the journalists at the time. After a three-year “stint” in Russia, George Scutaru suddenly returns to the country, directly as public relations advisor for Teodor Melescanu, who back then was president of the Alliance for Romania (ApR). This political party was set up in 1997 by the former foreign minister of the Vacaroiu Government, by breaking off a faction from PDSR. He obtained a surprising 10 per cent in the first elections he took part in: the local elections of June 2000. Then, just as surprisingly, he dropped, in a very brief interval, in the general elections that autumn, the Alliance for Romania obtaining just 4 per cent and Melescanu just 1.8 per cent of the presidential election votes. ApR merged with PNL in 2002. That is how George Scutaru became a Liberal. In fact he became a top-level Liberal, receiving directly the office of Chairman of PNL Buzau’s Political Bureau. Since then he kept climbing the political ladder, burning significant stages, up to the seat located next to that of the Romanian President within the Supreme Defense Council,” Narcisa Iorga points out.
“This cannot be forgotten in Washington, especially since the person concerned wants to hold a top position,” Narcisa Iorga writes too.
George Scutaru wanted referendum on pulling Romanian soldiers out of Iraq, ignoring the partnership with the US
“In five years’ time George Scutaru switched from Moscow to NATO. The problem is that Moscow does not believe in tears, while Washington does not forget and does not forgive. George Scutaru, as secretary of the Defense Commission but also Vice President of PNL’s local branch, was one of the spearheads of the absurd struggle that the Liberals started with President Traian Basescu on the Iraq front, placing Romania in a difficult situation. In the summer of 2006, Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, Teodor Atanasius and George Scutaru were the promoters of the idea of pulling Romanian troops out of Iraq, taking the US, Romania’s strategic partner, by surprise.,” Narcisa Iorga mentions in the article published on his blog.
Ion Cristoiu’s arguments on Scutaru’s resignation: Something bad from his past has been discovered that makes him unsuitable
A similar hypothesis on George Scutaru’s departure from Cotroceni, where he was presidential advisor on security matters, is being launched into the public space by journalist Ion Cristoiu. “He was dismissed after President Klaus Iohannis had put Scutaru through more drastic checks, perhaps even with the assistance of US partners, than those required for the office as advisor, ahead of his possible appointment as Director of SIE. On that occasion, something that would make him unsuitable even for the office as presidential advisor has been identified in his biography, Ion Cristoiu believes.
‘Has something bad from George Scutaru’s past been discovered during the checks for his appointment as Director of SIE?’ the journalist wonders.
‘After the mystery of the resignation of George Maior, here is a new mystery of a presidential administration that refuses a minimum democratic transparency in a European Union member country: the dismissal of George Scutaru as presidential advisor.
The termination of G. Scutaru’s appointment was announced through a release by the Presidential Administration posted on the Presidency website on Friday, 6 March 2015. What do we, the people, learn from the release?
That President Klaus Iohannis has signed the termination of George Scutaru’s appointment to office.
It could mean either dismissal or resignation.
Pressed by the journalists, the spokeswoman or, more appropriately, the bearer of Cotroceni mumbo-jumbo, condescended to state laconically:
‘George Scutaru has resigned for personal reasons’. The mystery gets even deeper, writes Ion Cristoiu.
On 19 December 2014, after being offered the position at Cotroceni by Klaus Iohannis, George Scutaru resigned his office as a member of Parliament.
“What could be George Scutaru’s personal reasons to quit an important position at Cotroceni – the third most important one after the head of the Presidential Administration – virtually remaining on the rove, as he has also lost his seat in Parliament?
It means that, as in the case of George Maior, George Scutaru too was asked to resign.
The mystery gets even deeper,” writes Ion Cristoiu on his blog.