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Title: AMBASSADOR CLOUD MEETS WITH NEW CHIEF OF SPECIAL

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SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR CLOUD MEETS WITH NEW CHIEF OF SPECIAL 
INVESTIGATIONS SERVICE 
 
 
¶1.  (U) Summary.  On October 24 Ambassador met with newly 
commissioned Director of Special Investigations Service (STT) 
Zymantas Pacevicius (pat-SEV-i-chuss) to discuss the 
challenge of fighting corruption in Lithuania and his desire 
for further training opportunities.  End Summary. 
 
¶2.  (U) Pacevicius stressed that STT would like to continue 
to receive U.S. training and equipment so its analysts and 
technical personnel can keep up with the suspects they 
investigate.  He said this is most important because STT is 
not good at training young analysts, and criminals in 
Lithuania have been good at adjusting to surveillance 
technology that STT utilizes. 
 
¶3.  (SBU) Pacevicius also mentioned his desire to have one or 
more of the STT technical staff travel to the United States 
to train with the FBI on technical surveillance.  (Note: The 
idea of an exchange or TDY assignment has long been a topic 
of interest for STT, as mentioned times in the past by former 
Director Povilas Malakauskas.  Previous requests of this 
nature were for observation of ongoing FBI public corruption 
investigations.  Operational security and sensitivity of such 
investigations have previously prevented such an exchange.) 
 
¶4.  (U) The Ambassador expressed his interest in the progress 
of STT in working with the Lithuanian government to develop 
good ethical habits to avoid corrupt practices.   Pacevicius 
said collaborative relations have been very good on this, but 
discussion regarding funding of political parties in 
Lithuania has been a heated topic.  He elaborated that STT as 
yet is not certain to what extent it would be involved in 
decisions regarding party funding, as there is the potential 
for STT to become involved in the politics - a clear conflict 
to the STT mission. 
 
¶5.  (SBU) While Pacevicius was not overly critical of the 
role that Lithuanian prosecutors and the judiciary have 
played in major corruption cases, he did say that the 
Lithuanian media's role is extraordinary, ranging from 
ineptitude to complicity in high-profile cases.  He agreed 
that in a democratic state the media must play a positive 
role in exposing and fighting corruption.  The 
"commissioning" of stories was discussed, and Pacevicius 
mentioned that it is not always so clear and obvious that the 
buying of stories is taking place, due to the fact that for 
advertisements and paid "promotional" articles only coded 
notification in small print at the end of articles is 
required by law. 
 
¶6.  (U) Bio Note: Pacevicius began his law enforcement career 
in the early 1990's, and served in key positions in the 
Criminal Police during the period of widespread violent crime 
in the mid-1990's.  He was promoted to Chief Inspector of the 
Extraordinary Crime Investigation Bureau of the Lithuanian 
Criminal Police in 1995, and later served as Commissar of the 
Violent Crime Investigation Division at the Organized Crime 
Investigation Service.  He began working for STT in 1997 as 
chief of the operational activities subunit.  In 1999, he 
became deputy Director of the service. 
CLOUD