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Originally published Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 6:06 AM

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Greek ex-minister: We spied on 2 US ambassadors

A former foreign minister of Greece says the U.S. is not the only country eavesdropping on foreign diplomats: his country's secret services did that to U.S. ambassadors in Athens and Ankara in the 1990s.


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ATHENS, Greece —

A former foreign minister of Greece says the U.S. is not the only country eavesdropping on foreign diplomats: his country's secret services did that to U.S. ambassadors in Athens and Ankara in the 1990s.

Theodoros Pangalos spoke Tuesday on Vima FM radio during a discussion about the latest revelations in the American NSA surveillance affair. The German magazine Der Spiegel has published a slide purportedly from the NSA showing Athens as one of the locations where the NSA had monitoring capabilities.

Pangalos, Greece's foreign minister from 1996-1999, said: "at some point the (National Intelligence Service) had managed to monitor not only the American ambassador in Athens but also the American ambassador in Ankara."

The former minister said the monitoring didn't last long but he didn't give a specific timeframe.



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