“The invocation of privacy in such cases is subordinated to the need to purify public life,” stressed the former Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis, in his speech, commenting extensively on the surveillance scandal, noting the need to shed “light, abundant light.” “In such situations, purification only occurs when they are fully clarified. The matter is so heavy and serious that it is not allowed and cannot be tolerated that there will be shadows that threaten the democratic normality,” he also said.
“Clarity and transparency are fundamental requirements for lawful and smooth public life. Even more so when issues arise such as that of the phone monitoring of a political leader, journalist or any citizen. In such situations, purification only occurs when they are fully clarified. The issue is so heavy and serious that it is not allowed and cannot be tolerated that there should be shadows left behind for the democratic normality. Light then! Abundant light!”, emphasized the former prime minister and added.
“That these events were caused by government initiative is not only undemocratic and illegal, so beyond all limits of morbid imagination and political stupidity that it is unthinkable. However, there remains an urgent need to clarify who and with what justification requested such a thing and who and how approved it. The invocation of privacy in such cases is subordinated to the need to purify public life.”
He continued by saying: “So everything is in the light and from then on, with cross-party cooperation, the corrections of the institutional regime that governs the lifting of telephone secrecy and the general operation of the secret services are necessary. These elementary things to prevent further discrediting of the institutions”.
He even closed his speech with a mandinada:
“Being an eagle is another thing
and another to make him.
It’s another thing to think of peaks
and it’s another thing to reach them”.