Spanish Prime Minister bugged with Pegasus

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Defense Minister Margarita Robles were tapped through Pegasus last year. Their smartphones were infected with the controversial spy software in April and May. “Significant amounts of” data were intercepted during this process.

Félix Bolaños, the minister of the Presidency, said this in a press conference, various media reported.

‘Unlawful and unauthorized operation’

“It’s not an assumption, these are very serious facts,” said Bolaños. He therefore wants the Spanish judiciary to investigate the “unlawful and unauthorized operation”. It is unclear who is responsible for the spying practices. In any case, the government would not have ordered it. Bolaños speaks of an “external” action, carried out by “unofficial bodies and without the consent of the state”.

According to the Spanish newspaper El País, more than 2.6 gigabytes of information were stolen from the phones. The newspaper cannot say exactly what kind of data is involved.

Catalan and British politicians also hit by Pegasus

The news comes shortly after the announcement that dozens of Catalan politicians have been bugged with Pegasus for years. Between 2017 and 2020, at least 63 leading Catalan politicians, MEPs, legislators, lawyers, activists, journalists and civil society organizations were spied on.

According to the Citizen Lab, these include current Catalan president Pere Aragonès, former regional president Quim Torra, the face of the failed independence movement Carles Puigdemont and former Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT) chairman Artur Mas. British politicians would also have been spied on with the Israeli spyware.

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