Seven booted out of Foreign Ministry

  • 2003-08-31
  • Steven Paulikas
VILNIUS - Seven officers in the Foreign Ministry including the head of the consular department handed in their resignation on July 24 after losing their security clearances, the second such scandal involving high-ranking officials to surface in two weeks.Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis told reporters on July 25 that the diplomats, all of whom worked in Russia and Belarus, were "without question" unsuitable for work that would involve knowledge of state secrets.An investigation that began in the State Security Department last year led to a recent recommendation to the Foreign Ministry to r...
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