TBILISI, DFWatch–In a TV interview Tuesday, Mikheil Saakashvili blamed former PM Bidzina Ivanishvili of a series of sex tapes posted online with threats against politicians.
A fourth video was sent to a Georgian media outlet the same day as the former Georgian president spoke to Rustavi 2’s program Archevani.
As presiously, the video showed a politician engaging in intimate acts and seems to stem from an archive of compromising material amassed by the intelligence service during Saakashvili’s presidency.
In the Rustavi 2 interview, the former president joked about the video threats, calling it ‘pornocracy’, and blaming it on former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.
“Have you ever heard of anything like that when I was in power? Have anyone thought that their private life videos would see the world? Have you ever heard such a conversation during my so-called ruinous nine year rule? When I was in power the topic was opening a new university, new road section, new complex, employing people. Now the topic is whether there was posted a new video and so we live in an uncool way, the way we failed to be,” Saakashvili told the Georgian TV channel which is known for its sympathetic leanings toward him.
When Saakashvili’s National Movement lost power in 2012, the new government tried two years ago to destroy the ‘dirty archive’, but a deputy head of intelligence told parliament that the sex tape scandal indicates that someone managed to smuggle the material out of the country during the three weeks transition period between Saakashvili’s National Movement government and Georgian Dream. Levan Izoria said data they have been given by Youtube, Google and Facebook indicated that the sex tapes were uploaded from Ukraine, Lithuania and Sweden. The Prosecutor General’s Office later confirmed that the videos were not uploaded from Georgia.
The ex-president also criticized the Georgian Dream government for introducing universal health insurance.
“We left behind a prepared healthcare system and they introduced universal healthcare, for which they spent billions. Finally the result is that the country went into a deadlock and is ruled by a person who established pornocracy in Georgia,” Saakashvili said.
The former president claimed that the government has spent money which it inherited from his government instead of feeding people and building future for the children.
He said during the election campaign in 2012, he asked people one question, whether they lived better than they lived in 2003. They said ‘yes.’ Now Mikheil Saakashvili says that people have to think of 2012 and ask themselves whether they live better than they used to in 2012.
“I believe the answer is clear and they have to vote respectively,” he said.