But there`s more to it. My sources for documenting these get-togethers, previously presented, but also to come, were among the participants in these meetings and parties.
I must admit that I’ve heard about this tennis parties, but I have never attended them, not being invited. I also knew about the meetings from K2, but never attended either.
Some reports I've checked with the help of others, and the fact that I have not participated gives me the freedom to write about them in spite of the relationship I had with some of the protagonists.
Where have I got the idea for this column from ?
Below you can find a real story:
A high official organizes his birthday party. The Romanian President is also invited and joins this small party.
Secret service directors, high range judges, chief prosecutors, politicians, a mere 10-12 persons, sat at the same table. The President is expected at the entrance and then seen to the table. There, using a severe tone, he is told: Mr President, all the persons sitting at this table represent the State. We guarantee you a second warrant !
Operation “We are the STATE!” started by coagulating some friendships.
Tennis was just one of the means to socialize.
In some periods of time, even on a weekly basis, "double" matches were organized and the attendants were:
George Maior, SRI director;
- ● Florian Coldea, SRI deputy director;
- ● Victor Ponta – Prime Minister;
- ● Gabriel Oprea, Defense Minister;
- ● Liviu Dragnea, Deputy Prime Minister;
- ● Vasile Dîncu – sociologist and one of George Maior`s and Florian Coldea’s close friends.
Close to the above group there were also: Horia Georgescu, director of National Integrity Agency, Eugen Bejenariu, PSD deputy, and if you wish, the last one: Sebastian Ghiță. About the latter's involvement I will do a separate material, revealing an interesting role in this power play.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
What needs to be said is that at first, in 2010, there were two places in which high level tennis was played: at Dan Pescariu’s sports base and at the Generals` Recreation swimming place, a Marina on Lake Băneasa, in the management of MApN.
The second location was considered much more discrete, as it was protected by DGIA, so there the tennis parties would only be attended by George Maior, Florian Coldea, Victor Ponta, Gabriel Oprea and, surprise, Liviu Dragnea,.
Most tennis parties were organized taking the following formula into consideration:
Liviu Dragnea /George Maior against Victor Ponta / Florian Coldea;
Gabriel Oprea played less often, he would rather sit on the bench, and Vasile Dîncu hardly ever played.
HOW THE TENNIS PARTIES MOVED FROM PESCARIU TO T14
An important piece of information is that after 2013, once the Microsoft scandal burst, Pescariu`s tennis sports base started to be avoided.
Florian Coldea`s location preference for the tennis parties with Victor Ponta and Liviu Dragnea had changed, the couples being invited to a guest house on Privighetorilor Alley, under the code name T-14.
What was T-14? A location of SRI nearby Zoo, the place where Florian Coldea had moved.
From the outside, one can only see a green long fence, a guard post and a damaged house in the front. BUT, according to satellite images, beyond a Woodside, it reveals a big villa and two TENNIS COURTS. Built of SRI’s stock funds, I suspect. According to sources from the SRI, the SRI prime deputy moved in this villa and the tennis courts were built at his request.
Laura Codruța Kovesi as well, was a regular guest of this T14 location.
This is the place where the most sensitive discussions took place, after each tennis party a “recovering” meal was organized and they all attended. And they planned the country’s future.
T 14 was the meeting place only for the closest persons, being used for meetings with the American diplomats that Sebastian Ghiță was talking about. Strategically, Florian Coldea’s house is located right next to a neighborhood for foreign citizens, including Americans.
”HUNDREDS OF MEETINGS LIKE THIS TOOK PLACE”
“I met Mrs. Codruta Kovesi on the premises of SRI. At K2, K4 and at the T14. There we met at least twice a week, since 2010.This series of meetings lasted till 2014. The truth is that maybe hundreds of such meetings took place in these years. At some of the meetings there attended only General Florian Coldea, Laura Codruța Kovesi and a CIA chief from Romania. The first one I met in the presence of Mrs. Kovesi and Mr. Coldea was Mr. Karl Schwab, former chief of Mrs. Kovesi”. The second one was Eric Easly, probably Laura Codruta Kovesi`s current chief. (Sebastian Ghiță in one of his records)
THE GENERALS` RECREATION SWIMMING BASE, UNDER INFORMATIONAL PROTECTION BY DGIA, K2 BY SRI
At the Generals` Recreation Base took place the first discussions about bringing Laura Codruța Kovesi from Brussels to the head of the DNA, here it was discussed the implication of SRI in the ANAF Anti-fraud Department activity, about transferring the Olanesti base under the SRI authority. Subsequently, these discussions have been materialized through the decisions of the Government headed by Victor Ponta, all these discussions being continued later at T14.
At T14 high level politics was discussed, Victor Ponta, the most important character of this structure, represented a bridge between the institutions on the one hand, a way to influence the SRI directly in the Government. It's hard to say how much he realized that he was participating in the consolidation of a system of force, a system that aimed at infiltrating the intelligence officers in important structures of the State.