Thursday, January 22, 2009

Romanian intelligence spied on ambassadors' wives

Associated Press

2009-01-22

Former Romanian President Emil Constantinescu says the country's intelligence agents spied on the wives of ambassadors stationed in Bucharest.Constantinescu says the first reports he received from the foreign intelligence service after he became president in 1996 related to the shopping habits of ambassadors' wives and the atmosphere in their homes and entourage.

Constantinescu told Realitatea TV Wednesday that he told the intelligence agents to stop the reports, because they were trivial and an infringement of civil rights.Constantinescu announced in 2000 he would not run again for president, saying that he had been overwhelmed by remnants of the former Securitate secret police.There was no immediate reaction from the intelligence service.

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