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The state agency “National Security” (DANS) came out with a sharply critical position, which can reasonably be assumed, although his name is not explicitly mentioned, that it is directed against the co-chairman of “We continue the change” and former prime minister Kiril Petkov.
It only mentions that the position was dictated by “statements made today, September 23, on television”, which, according to DANS, contained “incompetent, false and misleading comments” regarding the work of the service.
This morning, Petkov took part in the morning block of “Nova Television”, where he made sharp criticisms of the activities of DANS and called for structural reforms in it. According to him, there are about 2,200 employees in the service, who are distributed in a “strange, old way, and there are no clear methods for evaluating individual employees how effective they are and how effective they are not.”
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“We want to make it so that these services have accountability, have clearly set goals, these goals are evaluated and by being evaluated, they reach every DANS employee and the people who are the best are promoted, and not those who are most politically pleasing or have been in some form of interaction with non-state bodies over time,” the former prime minister pointed out.
On the occasion of the expulsion of the head of the Russian Church in Bulgaria, Archimandrite Vasian and two more of its employees, Kiril Petkov criticized DANS, pointing out that “unfortunately, again, first foreign services had to discover that we have yet another spy in Bulgaria, and then our services reactively did what they did,” meaning that first North Macedonia and its services declared Vasian a Russian spy.
“If today we already know that he was a spy for the Russian services, he was a spy for the Russian services for 5 years. In fact, this is what we are talking about all the time. That until the Bulgarian services work in a real way, in a proactive way way, national security is actually at risk. North Macedonia cannot have better information about Russian spies in Bulgaria than our services,” he emphasized and added that this “is not normal”.
In the position of DANS, it is insisted that “it is irresponsible and dangerous when politicians and pseudo-experts comment and give evaluations of elements of the activity of DANS, without having information about them and in order to acquire temporary dividends, while also spreading classified information , which is protected by law”.
According to DANS, such statements are detrimental to the security of Bulgarian citizens and the state, undermined the authority and trust in the Bulgarian counterintelligence (namely DANS – note ed.) and made interaction with foreign partners difficult.
“The security services are the immune system of a country and leading them to ruin with words and actions is harmful to the state and to the citizens. Let us instead strive to build a culture of security, to the stability and prosperity of Bulgaria,” insists more the security service.
“To fulfill their legally defined duties, DANS employees use special methods and means, skills and qualities acquired in the work process and upgraded daily in specialized training and in shared activities with partner services. Building an effective employee takes years. The daily workload and the responsibility of each employee is enormous. The resources of the National Intelligence Service are directed to the implementation of a huge number of legally regulated commitments,” the counterintelligence service assures.