Greek po­lice find zero sign of Varoufakis tax hack­ing: re­port

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Po­lice in Greece have found no sign of elec­tronic hack­ing into the tax files of mil­lions of Greeks, which ex-fi­nance min­is­ter Yanis Varoufakis claimed to have or­dered as part of an emer­gency plan to deal with an exit from the euro, state agency ANA re­ported Satur­day.

A po­lice source told the agency that spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers had an­a­lyzed four fi­nance min­istry hard disks, and found no signs of tam­per­ing with the tax­payer reg­istry data­base.

A par­al­lel in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur- rently un­der­way among fi­nance min­istry staff.

Flam­boy­ant ex- min­is­ter Varoufakis in July told a meet­ing of hedge fund in­vestors that he had been plan­ning a par­al­lel sys­tem of liq­uid­ity that could have been con­verted to a “new” drachma “at the drop of a hat.”

He added that on his or­ders, a small team had “hacked” into the tax reg­istry to cre­ate du­pli­cate tax codes for mil­lions of Greeks, in prepa­ra­tion for the plan.

Greek Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras later de­fended Varoufakis, telling par­lia­ment that he had au­tho­rized him to pre­pare a “de­fense plan” in case Greece was forced to leave the euro.

But Tsipras in­sisted that his ad­min­is­tra­tion “did not have, and never pre­pared, plans to take the coun­try out of the euro.”

Greece’s cred­i­tors had warned that the coun­try could be thrown out of the euro when re­form talks broke down at the end of June.

Tsipras even­tu­ally de­fused the cri­sis by ac­cept­ing a third bailout for Greece ac­com­pa­nied by fresh aus­ter­ity mea­sures.

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