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December 5, 2020

Basescu about the informants from inside the parties: “Man, how could I have known that he is undercover?”

The Chairman of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) Traian Basescu stated on Monday that no one knows if there are undercover officers of the secret services inside the parties, and said that when he was the head of state he unsuccessfully tried to find out if Victor Ponta was an undercover officer or not.

“Man, how could I know if he is undercover? This stupid thing, I saw you asked Dragnea and Tariceanu, too, if they have undercover officers… You should know that no one knows that. I wanted, as the head of state, to find out if Ponta was an undercover officer, and the Service (the Romanian Intelligence Service – e.n.) answered to me: ‘according to the law, we cannot tell you this’. PMP is too young to have undercover officers, but who knows?… And if you know this, can you be sure?…” Traian Basescu stated. He added that undercover officers inside the parties are “definitely” a problem.

Liviu Dragnea said on Wednesday, in a press conference held at Pitesti, that all the parties have undercover officers. The Chairman of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) Calin Popescu Tariceanu stated on Thursday that there are undercover officers of the intelligence services, “people who are double subordinated”, also in his party.

“Eliminating this problem is a very difficult thing. This is a matter of attitude of those who are leading these services. It is a matter of political decision in the end. An important role will be played also by the committees for the supervision of the intelligence services. (These committees – e.n.) should have additional attributions. I believe that the committees for the supervision of the intelligence services should have access to all the information, except for those related to ongoing actions, because if the information is circulated, the action might be compromised. If this will not be fulfilled, we will continue to have people who are double subordinated everywhere, starting with the parties, continuing with the economic environment and perhaps ending with the press” the ALDE Chairman concluded.

In the opinion of the ALDE Chair, a possible solution might be the amendment of the National Security Laws.

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