ian President and Prime Minister, Contiu asks for protection and claims to submit documentary evidence to prove his statements.
" - In reality, the money is shared between between officers of the Romanian security services who work under diplomatic cover, and the Moldovan recipients among whom are a number of mass media, political and public figures, and representatives of creative intelligence," informs the journalist.
- EU passports as payment
But money is not the only incentive shared between intelligence agents and the sources who help them create reports that have no factual basis in reality. Romania's new European Union passports are also used as payment, in a move which grants instant Romanian citizenship to selected Moldovan individuals.
According to Contiu, he "has proofs of participation of the Romanian embassy in Chisinau in the transactions connected with delivery of the Romanian passports."
Romanian passports are attractive for Moldovans who are ethnically and linguistically undistinguishable from Romanians. Until 1940, Moldova was part of Romania with the border reaching the Dniester River. Transnistria (Pridnestrovie), on the other side of the Dniester, was never part of Romania at any time in history.
In his article Contiu listed the names of specific Moldovan politicians, journalists and writers who have been sharing Romanian payments with Romania's intelligence officers in return for exaggerated or misleading information. The names include some of Moldova's most hardline, radical anti-Transnistrian writers.
The latest Moldovan/Romanian «espionage scandal» comes just one week after Moldova's President Vladimir Voronin accused Romania of intervention in the internal affairs of the country through overt and covert financing of a number of Moldovan political parties as well as leading mass media outlets in Chisinau, the country's capital.
In an interview with Bucharest newspaper Evenimentul Zilei, the President of Moldova said that Romania "conducts a campaign of pressing its influence on Moldovan citizens, including students and youth. Besides, Romania distributes its influence through paid people supported by Romanian press outlets."
In addition to news outlets funded by Romania, other media organizations in Moldova also receive financing from the OSCE, Germany, and the United States of America. No such funding is supplied to any Transnistria-based news organization. (With information from Axis, New Region, Evenimentul Zilei