Former Romanian intelligence officer Daniel Dragomir has been charged with setting up an organized crime ring using Israeli operatives to compromise Romania’s president, the former anti-corruption chief prosecutor, and the head of the intelligence agency.
According to an indictment from the organized crime unit, Dragomir, who is a fugitive, contacted private Israeli intelligence agency Black Cube with the purpose of intimidating and denigrating Laura Codruta Kovesi, then head of the anti-corruption office, whom he considered responsible for his indictment in a corruption case.
Wednesday’s indictment said he incited illegal access to a computer system, incited the unauthorized transfer of computer data, and co-opted the operatives in other illegal operations.
He falsely told the Israelis that the operation, dubbed “Tornado,” was supported by President Klaus Iohannis and Eduard Hellvig, the head of the Romanian Intelligence Service.
In 2016, two Black Cube employees, ex-Mossad agents Ron Weiner and David Geclowicz, were caught trying to hack the email account of Kovesi and her family.
They entered into plea agreements with Romanian prosecutors in this case, and received suspended sentences, according to national news agency Agerpres.
Dragomir, 42, formerly a lieutenant colonel, was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison in June for influence peddling and money laundering involving a kickback he took for illegally disclosing information to a businessman.
An international arrest warrant was issued in his name after he fled Romania before the sentence.