The main Romanian body dealing with terrorism and organized crime cases, DIICOT, has launched an inquiry against a journalist for having published a material that contained photos revealing the location of Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) objectives, the public television reported last weekend.

The journalist is Ovidiu Ohanesian, who was one of three Romanian reporters kidnapped and later released in Iraq two years ago, in a case that has since prompted a series of political and intelligence scandals in Romania.

Ohanesian dismissed SIE’s criminal claims against him and says that the service was thus trying to retaliate following his revelations about SIE officers operating abroad under the cover of Romania’s Foreign Ministry.