Bosnia Doesn’t Have Means to Spy on Foreign Governments, Says Minister

Bosnian security minister said that the government has no technical capacity to spy on the officials in neighboring Croatia and Serbia, following recent allegations in the media that the Bosnian intelligence agency had been listening to phone conversations of Croatian and Bosnian Croat government officials and businesspersons.

“Perhaps I shouldn’t say this, but we don’t have the technical capacity to wiretap (phones) outside Bosnia, including Croatia,” minister Dragan Mektić told Banja Luka-based ATV television.

“It was claimed earlier that we have spied on (Serbia’s president) Aleksandar Vučić. Now I say we don’t have the means for that,” the minister said.

Croatian magazine Globus published recently an article claiming that the Bosnian intelligence agency OSA was listening to phone conversations of Croatian government officials and Bosnian Croat politicians. Country’s prime minister Andrej Plenković said last week that it would be “very bad” if the claims proved to be true.

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