MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The death of Greek top manager Kostas Tsalikidis in 2005 could be linked to a US secret service operation, The Intercept reported on Tuesday, citing leaked documents by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
While providing security measures during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, US National Security Agency (NSA) supported the Greek government with information security prior to the Games. However, the agency had not stopped its activities and continued wiretapping after the Olympics ended, according to The Intercept.
The Intercept revealed that despite a decision by the country’s Supreme Court prosecutor, the Tsalikidis family and their lawyer believed that his death was not a suicide but a murder, as he had found the illegal software in the network and reported it.
An investigation by The Intercept showed that Tsalikidis could have communicated with William George Basil, who worked in the US embassy and had previously been involved with US intelligence services. Tsalikidis, in charge of planning Greece's largest cellular network, could have been recruited by Basil, who was later accused of espionage and eavesdropping by the Greek government.
NSA mass surveillance practices in the United States and around the world came into focus in 2013, after former agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked nearly 2 million confidential documents.