Two Generals Have Been Investigated For 500 Granted Accesses to NATO & EU Classified Information
SOFIA, (BM) – The Bulgarian Military District Prosecutors’ Office is investigating the current and former heads of the Defence Information Service at the Ministry of Defence – General Plamen Angelov and General Svetoslav Daskalov, for unauthorized grant of access to classified information.
Over 500 accesses to NATO and EU classified information have been granted by the State Commission on Information Security in violation of the law, and authorizations have been issued on the basis of documents from the Defence Information Service, signed in violation of the rules.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, in April 2016 – May 2019, accesses to data classified as Secret and Top Secret were granted by a military security officer, and not as it is by law – by its Head.
Thus, a total of 504 authorizations have been signed. On the basis of these documents, the State Commission on Information Security has issued certificates of access to EU and NATO classified information, the Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
“Both directors of the Defence Service have failed to fulfill their official duties to organize and control the activities for protection of the classified information and have allowed information security officers to issue access authorizations for levels of classification that they have not been allowed to issue, because it is the exclusive power of the director,“ the statement says.
The investigation against the two is led by the Military District Prosecutors’ Office and started after signals by the State Agency for National Security (SANS) sent to the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria Sotir Tsatsarov. Daskalov and Angelov were charged with abuse of trust on May 30th. A day later, the Prosecutor’s Office proposed to the Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov to limit the acting director’s access to classified data.
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Tranclator editor: Monika Evgenieva