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Kyrgyz Official Alleges Foreign Wiretaps


First Deputy Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev

First Deputy Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev

A senior Kyrgyz official has accused a number of foreign secret services of wiretapping the country's interim government.

First Deputy Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev told a news conference in Bishkek today that Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, and the United States were "listening in".

He did not offer proof of his assertions of wiretapping. His comments come amid accusations of corruption against members of the government, including Atambaev himself. Allegedly incriminating conversations are contained in audio recordings posted on the Internet last week.

Today Atambaev strongly denied allegations that he accepted a $400,000 bribe in a customs matter.

Kyrgyzstan's interim government took power last month after an uprising against President Kurmanbek Bakiev. But it has had difficulty consolidating its position and instability continues.

The government has launched a probe into the wiretappings.

compiled from agency reports
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