Over 20,000 Macedonian citizens, according to the opposition, were wiretapped over the past several years. At a press conference Monday, the opposition aired a few recordings of tapped telephone conversations, including between SDSM leader Zoran Zaev and his deputy Radmila Sekerinska, Zaev and his young daughter, Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski and Interior Minister Gordana Jankuloska, and BDI leader Ali Ahmeti and associates.
These recordings, Zaev said, were only a small part of the vast material they had and which they intended to disclose over the period ahead.
Zaev informed that government and VMRO-DPMNE officials, opposition leaders, NGO activists, journalists, businessmen, top academics, religious leaders and members of the judiciary, except Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Saso Mijalkov, Director of the Security and Counter-intelligence Office (DBK), were eavesdropped on for years. He himself, Zaev alleged, had been wiretapped for at least four years even though the longest period during which a person can be eavesdropped upon with a judge's consent is 14 months.