“Epikaira” magazine reveal today the plan for the assassination of former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis codenamed “Pythia 1″. The plan allegedly carried out by “allied intelligence services” involved at least twenty Greek colleagues, who “do not belong to the anarchist/terrorist area”.
Top secret document from the National Intelligence Service (EYP), codenamed “Special Newsletter” (No. 219 / 5 February 2009), informed the then prime minister Karamanlis that the service had been informed by the Russian FSB, that a special task force, which consisted of nineteen individuals, identified and revealed plan of attack against the former prime minister. According to the FSB the goal was “to postpone or cancel the energy policy of the country.”
This FSB special task force was in Greece because of attempts to wiretape conversations between Mr Karamanlis, Putin and Parvanof. The task force was organizing primarily counter-monitoring operations. In other words, their purpose was to identify individuals or groups who watched the former Prime Minister, especially during movements, recording every detail and anything that might be useful. According to the FSB report this “group” is described as “professional and their activity growing since April 2008.”
However, during the operation and at least in one case, groups of agents of the FSB and the men who watched the car of the Greek Prime Minister had a close encounter at the Nea Makri area at Attica. According to the report during that afternoon, sometime between 20 and 25 April 2008, a “managed process of engagement” was held between FSB and Western Service agents and MOSSAD, which did not last more than 30 seconds.
That engagement was carried out because in that region a suspicious vehicle (brand Toyota Hiace) was identified. Four FSB agents participated in the reported involvement. The suspects were two, unarmed, muscular, Greek speakers and fled from the area of involvement using a yellow Enduro motorcycle, which did not bear any registration plate. The suspicious vehicle was abandoned at the site of the involvement. A few lines further down, this document confirms that the suspects’ objective was Mr. Karamanlis. In the abandoned vehicle the following items were found:
- Maps with a detailed record of the route followed by Mr. Karamanlis moving from the Prime Minister Office to his home in Rafina.
- Notes on the number of security men and details of vehicles accompanying Prime Minister’s car.
- Other maps marking the intersection of monitoring and support groups
- Night vision binoculars and camouflage materials
- High tech communications systems monitoring Police frequencies
- Kalashnikov and Tokarev guns, remote control, food and tents.
- Explosive C-4. This is military explosive, which is not traded and has not been used until now in none of the terrorist acts that have taken place in our country.
According to the National Intelligence report the planned assassination of Karamanlis, was part of a broader plan to destabilize the country, “an attack against the target, especially with a view to postponing or cancelling the energy policy of the country.” Somebody wanted to overthrow the energy policy, treating non political, diplomatic or economic means, but the physical elimination of the “target” with “offensive means”. In particular, the “Pythia 1″ plan included four items:
1. Political instability, indicated by the ‘Vatopedi’ case.
We note that this case while it was ongoing for several years, was made public in the summer of 2008, marking the beginning of the end of the Karamanlis government.
2. Business destabilization by downgrading the Greek economy. This involved the kidnapping of businessmen.
Two businessmen, Giorgos Milonas (June 2008) and Pericles Panagopoulos (January 2009), were kidnapped during that period.
3. Social instability implemented with various forms of social unrest, including terrorist acts.
In December 2008, Athens was transformed into a battlefield. In the background of these events much talk had been made about the involvement of “foreign services”.
4. Various problems in foreign policy.
No positive outcome statement for our national issues, even for comparatively minor issues such as the abolition of Visas for Greek citizens visiting the U.S.
All information contained in this intelligence report comes from a Russian official. He describes in detail all the events and actions of the FSB in Greece. This activity, as it appears, lasted from March until the end of 2008. Mr. Karamanlis was informed later on at February 5, 2009. As implied by this document Americans and many of the other allies were not only annoyed by the Karamanlis government’s energy policy but also by the foreign and economic policy pursued. Many analysts believe the debt crisis could be treated quite differently. By the end of 2009 Greece was borrowing money at very low interest rates. Moreover, the economic alliances, which were then promoted, would probably enable the country to turn for help to rival powers (Russia, China).
However, as the Greek Secret Service stresses the validity of the information cannot be controlled and thus does not exclude that the information included is an attempt to misinform the government authorities, in order to meet specific interests.
Secret services and terrorism
The Russian reports gives a particularly interesting perspective on the activities of terrorist groups in our country. According to the document, the Russian secret service believes that the current generation of terrorists in Greece is controlled by Western agencies. The FSB special task force reached this conclusion through thorough examination of the Greek terrorist groups. They divide them into two categories: those engaged in urban warfare and those specializing in robbery and kidnapping, noting that they perfectly handle weapons and vehicles and they always have an escape plan. FSB also speculates on their places of concealment. If this claim is true, then all analysts arguing on the close relationships between terrorism, crime and foreign intelligence are proved right.
“Epikaira” had revealed the “energy coup”
In the 77th issue, “Epikaira” (4/7/2011) unveiled the “energy coup” imposed by the US in Greece. In that issue the telegram of the then U.S. Secretary of Energy Mr. Matthew Bryza to the Greek ambassador in Washington Alexandros Mallias was publicized. In that telegram the U.S. Secretary stated: “This is a pernicious act of Prime Minister Karamanlis. Do we work together on issues of energy security? If yes, would not be right to at least send us a warning?” And continues saying, in the same highly irritated and threatening tone: “What happens? Greece has decided to throw a white towel on the TGI [pipeline] and forge a strategic partnership with Russia on natural gas, resulting in the share of Gazprom in the Greek gas market to be 100%? “The telegram concludes:” We are confused “. It was December 17, 2007, three months after the last elections. In the same issue another document of the same period from the American ambassador to Greece Daniel Speckhard, published on WikiLeaks, was revealed. The same issue also included another document from the US embassy by Mrs. Deborah McCarthy. Those documents report that the U.S. Embassy in Greece is working to “cancel” the agreement to purchase armored vehicles from Russia and the agreement on the South Stream pipeline. Karamanlis’ government, apart from planning the construction of South Stream pipeline was privately met in Istanbul with the then Russian President Vladimir Putin. They were talking on the construction of the Burgas – Alexandroupolis pipeline which for years had remained a plan. With these two energy pipelines, Russia circumvents Turkey and finds an outlet in the Mediterranean and thus in Southern Europe. On top of that, Americans and other allies were further frustrated with the attitude of former Prime Minister on April 2, 2008 in Bucharest, where, defying the will of George W. Bush, vetoed the entry of FYROM to NATO.