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Romania: Two Intelligence Directors Fired For Betrayal

Prague, 6 May 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Romanian President Emil Constantinescu says he has dismissed two deputy directors of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) for having leaked information. He accused the two generals -- Constantin Silinescu and Dumitru Ciobanu -- of having leaked information to the National Peasant Party Christian Democratic (PNTCD) and the Democratic Party (PD). Both parties are members of the ruling coalition.

In an interview with RFE/RL's Bucharest bureau Constantinescu said today they leaked the information "as of late" and not during last year's election campaign, as claimed last month by the main opposition formation, the Party of Social Democracy in Romania.

Constantinescu added that he saw no reason to dismiss SIE director Ioan Talpes, who was not involved in leaking the information and whose "performance is good."

The leaders of PNTCD and PD, Ion Diaconescu and Petre Roman, denied earlier that the information from SIE had been leaked to their parties.