Foreign Minister Jan Lipavski confirmed to Aktuálně.cz and Respekt that one of his employees had to leave the office. According to the minister, he cooperated with foreign powers. It is not clear what the partnership looked like and with whom exactly the parties established it. Also what damage his activities have done to the Czech Republic. Lipavski declined to comment on details for security reasons.

“I can confirm that I have decided to take such action as a result of an employee who cooperated with a foreign power no longer working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.For security reasons, I will not comment on any further information. No,” Lipavski said. Editor.

The minister answered a question whether he could confirm that someone had to leave his office because of suspicions of contact with Russian intelligence services. I didn’t want to specify the . It’s also not exactly what the person in question was supposed to do or who he’s going with.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has long attracted the attention of Russian journalists. For example, according to his 2017 annual report for the Security Information Service (BIS), he faced two hacker attacks on the company’s computers on his network. Counterintelligence has at least traced him to Russia. In the first case, the hacker most likely broke into the system in early 2016, and by the time he was discovered a year later had access to 150 employee mailboxes, including attachments. I have copied the email.

According to BIS, they obtained data suitable for further attacks and a list of possible targets across government agencies. This office was also the target of a second attack. According to intelligence agencies, it is clear from the information available that it originated from Russian intelligence services.

In the Czech Republic, the civil counterintelligence agency BIS also deals with monitoring dangerous contacts between public officials and foreign powers. In the past, for similar reasons as now, one of her employees had to leave the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the energy company ČEZ. In 2020, the Czech utility giant specifically addressed the problem of data breaches. The person in question was to provide details about an upcoming nuclear tender for the Dukovani power plant expansion.

At the time, three independent sources confirmed to Respekt that he was handing them over to representatives of the Russian company Rosatom, who had a strong interest in the contracts. I met the manager of the company in person and was in contact with him on the phone. The two must have known each other for a long time. The company was informed of the person’s non-standard contact with Rosatom representatives after his activities were monitored by local security forces.

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