U.S. Increases Pressure on Macedonia Over Abuse Allegations

The United States called on Macedonia on Thursday to investigate possible evidence of "abuse of power" brought to light by leaked wire-taps that the opposition says demonstrate extensive government control over judges, journalists and elections.
The call, made by a visiting State Department official, stepped up diplomatic pressure on the conservative government of Nikola Gruevski to address the content of wire-taps being released by an opposition leader, who says he was given them by a whistleblower in the intelligence service.
Police have charged the opposition Social Democrat leader, Zoran Zaev, with conspiring with a foreign spy service to topple the government.
Hoyt Yee, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, said authorities were obliged to examine the content of the tapes.