As they were talking, a man entered the hotel, made his way to the rear and attempted to take a picture of Grey and his companions through a window. Telloglou noticed the photographer and chased him through the hotel and foyer. When Telloglou caught up with him, the man said he had been paid to track Grey. He provided the name of an unlicensed private security firm which, he said, had organised the work and was paying him 100 euros per day. It was not clear who had commissioned the security firm. Grey and Telloglou reported the incident to Greek police. The man who tailed Grey at the hotel also said his firm was involved in taking photographs of Grey, Telloglou and Nikolas Leontopoulos - a freelance journalist working for Reuters on the investigation into banks - when they had previously met at a private hospital.
"You have no idea how much we've been doing,» the man told Telloglou. The photographs from the hospital were passed to Greek blogs. This year, Reuters has published investigations led by Grey into two banks in Greece - Proton and Piraeus - and Marfin Popular Bank in Cyprus, which has a major branch in Greece. Marfin has now been renamed Cyprus Popular Bank. Piraeus, one of Greece's biggest banks, has filed a lawsuit against Reuters, claiming 50 million euros ($62 million) in damages after Reuters published a report about a series of property deals between the bank and companies run by the family of its executive chairman.
Asked whether it had commissioned any surveillance of Grey, a spokesman for Piraeus said the bank «considers the question and its implication insulting and possibly defamatory and, given that we are already engaged in formal legal proceedings against Thomson Reuters, declines to comment further." Spokesmen for the former management of Marfin and for the former management of Proton, both of which were the focus of stories, denied any involvement in the surveillance.
[Reuters] - Ekathimerini.com