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Title: STATE SECURITY CHIEF'S RESIGNATION: IT AIN'T OVER

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SUBJECT: STATE SECURITY CHIEF'S RESIGNATION: IT AIN'T OVER 
TIL IT'S OVER 
 
REF: 06 VILNIUS 1136 AND PREVIOUS 
 
Classified By: Pol/Econ Section Chief Rebecca Dunham for reasons 1.4 (b 
) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) Summary:  A March 15 parliamentary vote rejected the 
resignation of State Security chief Arvydas Pocius, despite a 
previous decision by the same body that he was not capable of 
doing the job.  Pocius remains in the job, but his position 
is weak and probably untenable.  End Summary. 
 
¶2. (U) In a March 15 vote that shocked most political 
observers, the Seimas (parliament) rejected the resignation 
of State Security Department (VSD) chief Arvydas Pocius.  As 
reported reftel, Pocius submitted his resignation in late 
December after a highly politicized Seimas investigation. 
That probe concluded that Pocius was "not capable of suitable 
organization of VSD work and heading the department." 
 
¶3. (C) Pocius appeared before the Seimas for what was 
expected to be a pro forma vote accepting his resignation. 
President Adamkus had already nominated his successor 
(current Special Investigations Service head Povilas 
Malakauskas), who was literally waiting in the wings to 
address the Seimas and answer MPs' questions.  Before the 
vote, however, Pocius addressed the Seimas, making 
provocative allegations aimed at those who were most 
outspoken in calling for his resignation. 
 
¶4. (U) Pocius's first allegation concerned the sale of 
Lithuania's Mazeikiu Nafta refinery in 2006.  He claimed that 
VSD had discovered that "current or former traitors within 
VSD" had leaked information to an "unfriendly neighboring 
country" during the time when Poland's PKN Orlen was 
negotiating to buy the refinery.  His description of the 
source of the leak appears to be aimed at the two VSD 
counterintelligence officers who were fired, most observers 
assume, for leaking information to the Conservative party. 
 
¶5. (U) His second allegation concerns still-unsolved crimes 
related to a militia "uprising" in the early-nineties. 
Pocius said that he had been approached by certain 
politicians who told him that he should not expect their 
support because of his investigation into then-Conservative 
MP Algirdas Petrusevicius.  (Petrusevicius was convicted of 
illegal arms possession and arms trading in 2006.)  In his 
remarks, Pocius also seemed to link Petrusevicius and the 
Conservative party to several unsolved crimes related to the 
militia uprising, including the blowing up of a railroad 
bridge near Trakai and the murder of former VSD officer Juras 
Abromavicius. 
 
¶6. (U) Pocius's final allegation was that Algimantas 
Matulevicius, Chairman of the Seimas National Security and 
Defense Committee (which conducted th investigation of VSD 
that led to Pocius's resignation) had been a KGB agent during 
the Soviet occupation.  Pocius argued that this was the 
reason that he decided not to share certain classified 
material with the Chairman, arguing that Matulevicius had not 
declared his KGB past, making him ineligible to hold a 
security clearance. 
 
¶7. (U) Pocius's defiant speech, and the vote not to accept 
his resignation, came as a shock to most observers.  Part of 
the outcome can be explained by the low participation rate 
(barely half of all MPs).  But the decision by a large block 
of Labor Party MPs to vote against accepting Pocius's 
resignation or to abstain (which, in this case, is 
effectively the same thing) clearly turned the tide.  Labor 
Party Chairman Kestutis Dauksys told the media that his party 
group had gone into the plenary session planning to accept 
the resignation, but then "decided spontaneously" to let 
Pocius stay in his position in order to finish investigating 
the famous cases he mentioned in his speech. 
 
Comment 
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¶8. (C) After the tempestuous fall session of the Seimas, most 
in the political class seemed ready to move on.  That is not 
going to happen yet.  For the moment, Pocius remains head of 
VSD; President Adamkus, who likes and respects Pocius, signed 
a decree March 16 withdrawing his nominee to replace him. 
But Pocius's position is tenuous at best.  He seems intent on 
a counterattack against the Conservatives who pushed so hard 
to have him removed in the fall.  Although his strategy may 
be understandable, it will not make relations with the 
parliament any easier.  Additionally, the Conservatives, 
whose political position has been strengthened here by recent 
municipal elections, have threatened to end their support of 
the Social Democrat-led minority government because of the 
vote.  While this would not cause the government to fall (the 
 
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Conservatives are not formally a part of the coalition), it 
could complicate VSD-Seimas relations further, and more 
importantly, impair the government's ability to achieve any 
of its legislative objectives.  Finally, the Labor Party, 
which saved Pocius this time, probably has no interest in 
protecting him over the long haul.  It is far more likely 
that Labor, which did poorly in recent municipal elections, 
was attempting to flex its remaining political muscles and 
prove that it still has influence in the Seimas. 
CLOUD