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Madrid - The Spanish government on Friday denied reports that it had employed a female friend of King Juan Carlos.
Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was not given “any kind” of tasks, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said.
The 48-year-old Danish-German consultant has spoken in an interview of “confidential” and “delicate” work undertaken the government for which she had not charged.
“They are classified affairs, momentary situations which I have helped to resolve for the good of the country,” Sayn-Wittgenstein told the daily El Mundo.
“We have a close friendship, nothing more,” Sayn-Wittgenstein told Hola magazine when asked about her relationship to the king.
Santamaria said secret service chief Felix Roldan was willing to appear before parliament to comment on the affair.
The far-left party Izquierda Unida had called on Roldan to explain Sayn-Wittgenstein's “supposed connections” with the secret service.
The party says it would be “very serious” if someone had done behind-the-scenes political work without official authorization. - Sapa-dpa