news 31 May 13

Bulgaria Names New Security Agency Chief

Vladimir Pisanchev, who was embroiled in the 'Galeria' spying scandal, has been appointed head of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security, DANS.

Bulgaria's new Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, on Thursday named Vladimir Pisanchev director of the State Agency for National Security, DANS,

Pisanchev was earlier caught up in a now notorious affair known as "Galeria," in which DANS was exposed as having carried out unauthorized spying on journalists, parliamentiarians and businessmen.

The scandal erupted when MPs serving on a home affairs committee found their names on the lists of individuals that DANS had illegally spied on.

Pisanchev, then head of the security directorate of DANS, was accused of having given a green light to the unauthorized wiretappings.

He denied it but was dismissed by the then head of DANS, Petko Sertov. Pisanchev insisted Sertov knew about everything that was going on in the agency.

After the centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, took power in 2009, Pisanchev was brought back and in 2012  he became deputy director of DANS.

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