Romanian PM’s former adviser investigated for publishing classified documents

The prosecutors of Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) have placed former minister, the PM’s ex-adviser Darius Vâlcov under judicial control for 60 days for revealing secrets against the interest of national security. Vâlcov is targeted for publishing on Facebook a secret protocol between the National Intelligence Service (SRI) and the Prosecutor’s Office.

The prosecutors of the DIICOT started investigating Vâlcov in august last year, when he posted a copy of this classified document about the cooperation between the intelligence service and the Prosecutor General’s Office signed at December of 2016. According to DIICOT, Darius Vâlcov released a state secret that could endanger the national security.

The National Intelligence Service and the Prosecutor’s Office have signed two cooperation agreements on 8th December 2016, one of the agreements was not confidential, the other was classified as state secret. The prosecutors general’s office proposed for the unlocking of its secrecy on the 22nd of March 2018.

According to Hotnews.ro, Darius Vâlcov has resigned after the imprisonment of Liviu Dragnea, the former leader of the governing Social Democrat Party, seen as the most powerful politician in Romania. Vâlcov was seen as his right hand on economic issues. Vâlcov had received a first-court 8 year prison sentence for traffic of influence, money laundering and other crimes for his actions during his time as mayor of the city of Slatina.

Author: Orsi Sarány