Kosovo names first Director of new intelligence agency

Bashkim Smakaj

B. Smakaj

By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
Kosovo, a tiny Balkan nation that unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia in February of 2007, has named the first Director of its newly launched intelligence agency. He is 32-year-old Bashkim Smakaj, an ethnic Albanian who until recently was a colonel in the Strategic Planning Unit of the country’s police force. The establishment of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA), which Mr. Smakaj will be heading, was announced several months ago, but no Director had been named until last Wednesday. The reason for the delay has been attributed to bickering between the two political parties that form the country’s coalition government: the Democratic Party of Kosovo, of Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, and the Democratic League of Kosovo of President Fatmir Sejdiunce. But Balkan Insight, a regional news project supported by the London-based Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), notes that the delay in naming KIA’s Director was also due to “political horse-trading with foreign intelligence agencies”. Kosovo is militarily protected and economically subsidized by the US and several European Union countries. It is therefore likely that Western intelligence agencies had a dominant role in vetting the new KIA Director. Mr. Smakaj’s Directorship is expected to last for five years, according to the legal framework that governs KIA’s functions and oversight.

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8 Responses to Kosovo names first Director of new intelligence agency

  1. pata deshir vetem te ju them se jeni i mirseardhur per gjith popullin per ket detyr dhe vetem suksese gjith te mirat

  2. isak musliu says:

    urime dhe suksese ne pun jeni te mir, urojm qe do keni rezultate ,ju pershendes dhe ju uroj suksese ne rrugen e veshtir ,qe kosova vazhdon te ec, drejt antarsimit ne BE , nato, dhe ne te gjitha qendrat nderkomtare te rensishme , vendosese. suksese.

  3. hasan says:

    tung me vjen mir qe u be kjo intelegjenca koaovare am nuk eshte tu funksinue ende ju them me bindje te plote ende ka kohe qe te jet funksionale se ende vepron shiku e kjo e mund aikun sidom ket zotrin bashkim smakenm edhe atjertin zavensin etina latif merovcin am nukl edi se kan reduktue njerz te partive ne at itelegjen nuk kam me pas sukses am vete polullika me i ra ndermen si von se me qfar gjin ka koaova edhe cilte jan tu e u heq ..ju pershndes nga usa kaloni mire ….

  4. MINORITETI says:

    Përshëndetje zoti Bashkim.
    Urime dhe suksese në punën e Juaj fisnike.
    Kisha pas dëshir me u informue se AKI a pranon pjestar të shërbimit të intelegjences nga pakicat kombëtare të Kosovës.
    Dhe se kisha pasur dëshirë të kontaktojm nëpërmjet emajlit.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    pergime per agjenitin nga vitja i cili mur edhe medalje

  8. raqka says:

    a edini kush osht ky agjent nese ju kujtohet 25 korriku

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