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January 28, 2022

My name is Ghita. Sebastian Ghita

What is strange in Sebastian Ghita’s case is that nobody seems to be looking for him. Just like when Osama bin Laden disappeared, he is nowhere to be found, but is periodically sending video messages to the public. Could all institutions empowered to track him down be incapable? Or maybe he is rather justified to think that: ‘somebody up there likes me.’ Especially since his disappearance, after a meeting with SRI officials, is really strange. But who is protecting him and why? Sebastian Ghita, ex-Premier Victor Ponta’s former right-hand man, has many secrets to hide about the previous PSD governance. Maybe it’s not by chance that this disappearance took place after his former party’s crushing victory, when he already could have thought he might somehow be backed by his former colleagues who returned to power. The new Interior Minister is yet to assume apprehending the fugitive as a priority. But SRI seems out of its depth too. Moreover, the intelligence service’s first deputy director had to step down after Ghita accused him, in a video recording, of being his… close friend. Indeed, here is a novel method of defence picked by a suspect: denouncing his investigators as “friends.” Strange logic: if they are guilty of “dangerous liaisons,” then Ghita is even more so. Denouncers are centrepieces in many corruption probes, and Ghita was able to speculate precisely this ambiguous authority. But what if the denouncer is lying? Sometimes the temptation to catch a “big fish” is far stronger than the prudence with which the confessions of people that have serious criminal culpabilities should be approached.

But television viewers no longer have the custom of doubting the accusations easily levied and perfidious promoted by television stations that want to defend those cornered by the DNA. After all, local television culture has been infested by the model patented by Dan Diaconescu, who is currently in jail. For millions of Romanians, public lynching has become a bullfight in which the enemies of that television station are mocked. It’s not by chance that Ghita has his own television station, aware that it is the most efficient weapon, one without which you are much more vulnerable if you engage in activities such as his. And PSD leaders do not hesitate appearing on that station even now, a station nobody seems capable of censoring although it keeps airing serious unsubstantiated accusations. So, we might think Ghita is not only defending himself but is serving the new power to discredit the institutions that are blocking it from fully taking over the state leadership levers. From a simple suspect – suspected of various criminal offences – he has become a redoubtable agent in the ongoing political fight.

Ghita has levied an accusation that Ceausescu also held close to his heart: ‘foreign agencies’ are active in our country. Of course, many people’s visceral nationalism is sensitive to such a rhetoric, which easily finds the foreigners guilty – especially the western “imperialists.” It’s not by chance that his new party is one of the most outwardly nationalist parties of the moment – which launched itself taking advantage of PRM’s agony and C.V. Tudor’s death. Since the main support for the DNA comes from the EU, the latter must be presented as arrogant and profiteering, so that we would end up concluding that it’s better for us to be ruled by some local corrupt but “patriotic” politicians.

Rather, the real “spy” seem to be Ghita himself. He gives off the impression of an agent very skilled in such an occult work, with some of the most special relations and some of the most efficiently confusing public messages. Will we ever find out whom he worked for and who protected him?

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