Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, gave the Ministry of Internal Administration (equivalent to MSW) guidelines for the obligations of persons holding high positions in government to disclose whether they belong to Masonic lodges.
Informed the Lisbon daily “Diario de Noticias’, guidance on the verification link politics with Freemasonry were included in the government report on the matter so-called Ongoing. The document contained a suspicion against a group of people from the former management of the Portuguese secret police and Ongoing media concern about attempts to control other media.
Portuguese newspaper reminds that even the prime minister on Wednesday denied that the Passos Coelho would require persons holding high public office to disclose whether they belong to Masonic lodges.
According to “Diario de Noticias”, passing by the Prime Minister the matter to the ministry of public affairs, is de facto an investigation of alleged links with representatives of the Portuguese freemasonry intelligence services of the country, as well as top politicians, including MPs to parliament.
In August 2011 newspaper “Publico”, revealed that some journalists were his editors to surveillance by the Portuguese secret service in the days of socialist governments. Information for agents to access mailboxes and SMS editorial staff representative confirmed the mobile operator.
Established in the autumn of last year showed a parliamentary committee in early January, the relationship between the Portuguese Freemasonry, mainly Mozart49 lodge, and the previous authorities, intelligence services and Ongoing concern, in which several former special forces officers found employment.
- There is evidence that the Portuguese Freemasonry still has strong influence in the security services – said on Tuesday in parliament deputy of the ruling Social Democratic Party, Teresa Leal Coelho.
In January, membership in Masonic lodges, confirmed the parliamentary heads of the biggest clubs in Portugal, Luis Montenegro with the Social Democratic Party and Carlos Zorrinho of the opposition Socialist Party.