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Another “spy story”2008-12-16 16:15
Due to The Associated Press agency there is a new "spy scandal" going on in the USA. This time the well-known rights defender from Ossetia, the founder of "Women of South Ossetia for democracy and human rights" association Lira Tskhovrebova is accused of "cooperation with KGB".
"Lira Tskhovrebova came to Washington as an independent activist from South Ossetia eager to condemn the powerful support of Georgia in the war with Russia on the part of the USA and tell about evil-doings of the Georgian troops. However the Americans who met with Tskhovrebova did not know about her relations with the KGB", - the Associated Press article published in The International Herald Tribune reads (translated article on Inopressa.Ru).
What are these accusations based on? According to the AP material the Georgian intelligence service provided the edition with the recordings of Tskhovrebova's telephone conversations with Vasily Guliev - deputy director for counterintelligence of the South Ossetian security agency (the agency is labeled "South Ossetian KGB" by the mass media). The edition believes that Tskhovrebova and Guliev were discussing certain tasks alongside with money and information matters.
Confirming that The Associated Press quotes a conversation recorded in 2005: "I have no money left at all. Yesterday I got to know extremely, well not extremely, ok, very important information", - Lira Tskhovrebova told Guliev. He made a personal appointment with her in reply.
The conclusion of the authors is well read "between the lines": a KGB spy has come to America disguised as a woman activist.
It is noteworthy that the conversation essentially proving nothing (apart from the fact that Tskhovrebova and Guliev are acquainted) and recorded (remember) as early as in 2005 was made public only three years later right before Tskhovrebova's meeting with the office of the US Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza.
Tskhovrebova gave a precise point-by-point response. Yes, she knows Guliev that is a friend of her family. Yes, she's aware he works in counterintelligence. No, she has never cooperated with KGB and has never executed its orders.
Tskhovrebova called the incriminating evidence "a vicious, false and predictable" action. According to her Georgia's President traditionally calls his opponents spies.
"In my part of the world no one whose activity is connected with the human rights cannot avoid contacts with the security officials, - she noted. - This is true both for Georgia and Ossetia and all who know what the work of a human rights defender is are aware of it".