Over the years, Băsescu was repeatedly accused of involvement in the Communist regime's infamous Securitate. These allegations usually concentrate on his career, most notably on his nomination as chief of the Antwerp Navrom agency (foreign relations, including economic ones, were dependent on politics). These allegations were reiterated publicly by former President Emil Constantinescu in late 2005 and summer of 2006, but no concrete evidence ever surfaced. After 1989, Băsescu repeatedly cast himself as an anti-communist, despite any affiliations in his past.
However, there is no evidence about Băsescu's implication in the Fleet file. Each time Băsescu was called to be questioned by the prosecutors about his file or in the Court of Law, he brought substantial evidence that he is not involved. According to the shorthand of PSD (it is not known how this shorthand become public, and their authenticity was not proven), in 2004 Rodica Stănoiu (minister of Justice at that time) asked Adrian Năstase (Prime Minister at that time) "Do I have a green light for Băsescu's file?" There have been speculations that they tried to blackmail Băsescu with this file, but that he in turn had papers to silence his opponents (see Intimidating papers chapter)
“After what you’ve done Friday and Saturday, I think we have nothing to talk about”He referred to the fact that Mircea Dinescu read a pamphlet unfavorable to him at PNL center in Timişoara and Tariceanu laughed.
“I consider your act of coming here hypocrisy. Călin, simply put it, we have nothing to talk about!”După ce ati făcut ceea ce aţi facut voi, vineri si simbătă, cred ca nu mai avem ce să ne spunem!“
„Consider gestul tău de a veni aici, dupa acest episod, drept o ipocrizie. Călin, cu alte cuvinte, nu mai avem ce să ne spunem!“
"One moment, because you have a European face and a true European, with a bow tie, has the discipline of dialogue."O clipă, pentru că aveţi o faţă de european şi un european sadea, cu papion, are disciplina dialogului."
"No, but, so bereft of reason you act sometimes, I can think even that"Băsescu also told Voiculescu he should change his bad habits, and, asked for details, Băsescu said:(Romanian: "Nu, dar la cât de lipsit de raţiune actionaţi uneori, pot gândi şi asta.")
"Mr. Voiculescu, I've invited you for consultations, not for a (medical) consultation."Domnu' Voiculescu, v-am invitat la consultări, nu să vă dau consultaţii."
In the spring of 2000, at the ceremony of installing as mayor, in front of Notara theatre, Băsescu told to the surrounding people that, unlike Adrian Năstase, he doesn't make love with his ass. At that time Năstase and Băsescu were neighbors, and they and their families were seeing each other almost daily.
"It seems President Ion Iliescu turned to more modern means, this time without calling the miners to defend the country, but used 322 Members of Parliament for my impeachment. These are 322* miners-Parliamentary, which, after 20 May, we should send them with stripes to the mines in Valea Jiului"* He refers to 322 Members of Parliament who voted his impeachment."Se pare că domnul Ion Iliescu a trecut la mijloace mai moderne, de data asta fără să cheme minerii în apărarea ţării, ci a apelat la 322 de parlamentari pentru suspendarea mea. Sunt 322 de mineri-parlamentari, care, după 20 mai, ar trebui să-i ducem cu lămpaşul în minele din Valea Jiului"
President Băsescu also said "In autumn 2008, let's throw the 322 over the Parliament balustrade." - he was referring to the Romanian 2008 Parliamentary Elections. Before this statement, he said the parliament was a “physical wreck shortly before clinical death” "o şandrama intrată în moarte clinică"- He wanted to take advantage from the "huge" public distrust Romanians have in Parliament (13% said they trust the Parliament; however, there are developed democracies with similar figures, for example, in U.S.A. 14% said they trust the Congress).
He finally changed SRI and SIE directors, naming George Maior, a PSD senator to SRI, and Claudiu Saftoiu, his former Presidential counsellor to SIE. He didn't consult Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu; PNL sources claim he didn't even inform him.
Claudiu Saftoiu was forced to resign, after he recognised SIE was making phone interceptions at the request of prosecutors. SIE is not allowed to make such interceptions (SRI is the only service allowed), and a mandate written by a judge is required.
Dan Voiculescu came up with a note written by President Băsescu on a request of ALRO for cheap electrical energy:
”Mr. Minister Seres, I ask you to analize this letter and take the measures conforming with Government’s interests and, if possible with the interest of national economy.”Later another note appeared written by President Băsescu to the Minister of Transports. The note was written on a request in which a private company was asking CFR (public railroad) to pay its debt.„Domnule ministru Seres, va rog analizati aceasta scrisoare si dispuneti masuri in conformitate cu interesele Guvernului, si daca este posibil si cu interesele economiei nationale“
”Mr. Minister Dobre I ask analize and legal solution”„D-l Ministru Dobre Rog analizaţi şi rezolvare legală"
"I heard you have announced your candidacy, Mr. Pandrea. I wish you success"His former counsellor Renate Weber said that according to her information, if President Băsescu hadn’t said that, it would have been another candidacy, if not another President."Am auzit că v-aţi depus candidatura, domnule Pandrea. Vă urez mult succes"
Băsescu said he was previously informed there was no candidate for CSM Presidency, which, he explained, would have been very unpleasant, and he felt relieved when he was told Pandrea would like to candidate. He further said he didn't knew there can be new candidates till the very moment of voting. He concluded:"I did it wrong, I did it wrong"“Am greşit-o, am greşit-o”
At the ceremony of oath, President Băsescu gave a paper as gift to Radu Stroe, the new secretary general of Government. Radu Stroe went pale and refused to make it public, although Basascu said it was not classified
"Instead of sucking ... of more smaller glow-worm, I’ll better suck ... of one bigger glow-worm!"The journalist who published part of the private meeting he attended was highly criticised by his colleagues for breaking professional deontology"Decât să sug... la mai mulţi licurici mai mici, mai bine sug... la un licurici mai mare!"
In a press release, President Băsescu apologised:
"President Traian Băsescu regrets that an unsuitable phrase, used in a private meeting in the car he was driving, became public, causing an undeserved moral prejudice to Mrs Andreea Pana, reporter to Antena 1 TV channel. In this context, the President asks Mrs Andreea Pana to accept his sincere apologies for the outcome.
The phrasing, used under maximum public and mediatic pressure, does not represent in any case President Băsescu's attitude regarding the Romanian Roma community, whose identity he respects, and appreciates their contribution to the democratic life of the Romanian society."„Preşedintele Traian Băsescu regretă că o expresie nepotrivită, folosită într-o convorbire privată, desfăşurată în autoturismul pe care îl conducea, a devenit publică, provocând un nemeritat prejudiciu moral d-nei Andreea Pană, reporter la postul de televiziune Antena 1. În acest context, preşedintele o roagă pe d-na Andreea Pană să accepte scuzele sale sincere pentru situaţia creată."
Formula menţionată, utilizată sub imperiul unei stări de maximă presiune publică şi mediatică, nu reprezintă în nici un caz atitudinea preşedintelui Traian Băsescu faţă de comunitatea rromă din ţara noastră, căreia îi respectă identitatea şi îi apreciază aportul la viaţa democratică a societăţii româneşti”
While on TV, the Romanian President said:
"The involvement in private life, even President's, should have limits. I wish I received excuses at least once for all the insults I received from Antena TV group. But, as woman, for the journalist, I am sorry! And that's it, a woman should not be insulted, even in talks with my wife.[...] I don't like when I'm gratuitously insulted and I sometimes break out. And I don't like when one enters in my privacy. For example, to profit from a discussion with my wife, in the car, and then to be judged for what you have thought unpublicly, or for an unpublic remark, as in Communist Security times"“Intrarea in viaţa privată, chiar şi a presedintelui, are limite. Mi-aş dori ca, de cîte ori am fost jignit pe televiziunile trustului Antena, să fi primit măcar o singura dată scuze. Insă ca femeie, pentru ziaristă, îmi pare rău! Şi asta e, o femeie, chiar şi în discuţiile cu soţia mea, nu trebuia jignită[...]Nu-mi place când sunt jignit gratuit şi uneori izbucnesc. Şi nu îmi place când se intră în intimitatea vieţii mele. Ca, de exemplu, să profiţi de o discuţie pe care o ai cu soţia, în maşină, după care, ca pe vremea Securităţii, să fii judecat pentru ce ai gândit nepublic sau pentru o apreciere nepublică”
Păun also said:
"As a deputy, representative of the roma ethnicity in the Romanian parliament, I cannot condemn the affirmation of the President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, for the fact that in a moment of frustration, in a discussion with his wife in the interior of his personal car, he used the term of "filthy gypsy". To be able to condemn such an affirmation, I would have to conduct the following experiment: secretly installing microphones in the houses of all the high-ranking officials, starting with the prime minister, ministers, senators, deputies, hear what they say about the roma minority and make the recordings public. I'm sure that this experiment would prove what is the mentality of politicians toward the roma minority."
''"In calitate de deputat, reprezentant al etniei rromilor in Parlamentul Romaniei, nu pot condamna afirmatia preşedintelui Romaniei, Traian Băsescu, pentru faptul că intr-un moment de nervozitate, intr-o discuţie cu soţia domniei sale, in maşina personală, a folosit apelativul de «ţigancă impuţită». Ca să pot condamna această afirmaţie ar trebui să recurg la următorul experiment: să montez microfoane in toate casele demnitarilor, în mod secret, incepînd cu primul-ministru, miniştri, senatori, deputaţi, şi să aud ce vorbesc despre minoritatea rromă, iar după aceea toate aceste inregistrări să le fac publice. Sunt convins că acest experiment ne-ar dovedi cu adevărat care este mentalitatea majoritarilor cu privire la minoritatea rroma."
Păun concluded by saying that "the President of Romania, Traian Băsescu, through this unfortunate incident, has the opportunity to prove once again to the roma community that he is not racist" "Concluzionez prin a spune ca presedintele Romaniei, Traian Băsescu, prin acest nefericit incident, are prilejul să dovedească înca o dată comunităţilor de rromi că nu este rasist'".
The attorney of Romani CRISS stated President's apologises are not accepted because they do not imply the President apologised for what he said, but only for it being made public.
Other criticism came from International Federation of Journalists , Press Monitoring Agency(Agenţia de Monitorizare a Presei) and from the Romanian Press Club(Clubul Român de Presă).
Traian Băsescu challenged this decision, claiming "it is unnacceptable that a private discussion, which wouldn't have had public effects, to be the object of analyse of a Romanian state institution, such an approach being specific to the Communist Security""Preşedintele României Traian Băsescu respinge categoric decizia Consiliului Naţional pentru Combaterea Discriminării. Preşedintele Traian Băsescu consideră că este inacceptabil ca o discuţie în intimitate, care nu ar fi produs efecte publice, să facă obiectul analizei unei instituţii a statului român, această abordare fiind una specifică fostei Securităţi"