In 1981, Andreas Papandreou and his radical Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) won the national general elections.
A spellbinding orator, he rode a political platform pledging to remove U.S. military bases fromã€€Greece and to take Greece out of both NATO and the then European Community. Since then, Athens and her surrounding towns have played host to a variety of conferences and meetings by terrorist representatives and spokesmen, including PLO officials, Hamas, Sinn Fein, and Libyan terrorists. ã€€
In 1986 Papandreou, himself addressed one such meeting, calling "liberation movements" theã€€"instruments for the historical change and progress of our times." In fact, Papadreou’s 1981 election victory was in part underwritten by Qaddafi, who secretly transferred as estimated $4 millionã€€via a major Greek bank toã€€help finance theã€€campaign. Eventually, Qaddafi’sã€€economic largess towards the Greek socialist grew to as much as $20 million yearly.ã€€
PASOK itself is an outgrowth of an underground organization called theã€€Panhellenic Liberation Movement (PAK), which Papandreou created while in exile in Sweden and Canada to fight the military dictatorship then in power in Greeceã€€(1967-1974). Several formerã€€PAK radicals, trained and indoctrinated in Middle East terrorist camps,ã€€andã€€eventually became member of the various Socialist administrations. ã€€
One of them is Kostas Tsimas, then head of the Greek Informationã€€Service–the Intelligence Agency and, as such, in control of the country’s principal intelligence apparatus. Tsimas trained in Palestinian terrorist camps in Syria and Lebanon. He has retainedã€€close contacts with them and has been among their most influential protectors in the Greek political establishment. ã€€
Sifis Valyrakis, second in command of the Ministry of Public Order in the 1980s, which controlsã€€Greece’s national police, trained at camps in Lebanon.ã€€In 1976, two years after the overthrown of the Greek military dictatorship, he was arrested by authorities and sentenced to seven months in prison for smuggling forty Kalashnikov assaultã€€rifles into Greece. He never served a day, and the following year Papandreou nominated him as PASOK candidate for parliament. Citing intelligence files, former Athens police detectives claim that Valyrakis is one ofã€€several PASOK associates who are tied to November 17. ã€€
Another Greek official linked with international terrorism Vassilis Konstantineas, a senior foreign-ministry official and influential member of PASOK’s international-relations committee. Western intelligence sources and Greece’s own police files revealed that in 1983 Konstantineas and Tsimas secretly met Abu Nidal upon his arrival at Athens Airport (Nidal was reportedly disguised as a Greek Orthodox priest). Later they held negotiations in a small hotel in downtown Athens. On the tableã€€was an arrangement under which the Abu Nidal organization would have residency and transit privileges in Greece, and could operate a clandestine headquarters in Athens. ã€€
Since then, various terrorists have traveled via Athens.ã€€The aforementioned names are still play influential role in Greek politics. Another influential socialist politician with dubious contacts is Costas Laliotis. Specifically, he is the president of extreme guy groups and anarchist groups in Greece. In addition, he served as top minister in various ministerial posts.