Government of Spain will clarify alleged espionage to Catalans | News
The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, affirmed this Wednesday that his administration will render accounts and clarify the events linked to the alleged espionage activities directed at several Catalan independence leaders.
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Sánchez pointed out in the plenary session of Congress that: “The Government of Spain has expressed its willingness to clarify the facts, and to do so with transparency, objectivity, accountability and adhering to the law.”
The head of the Executive referred to this issue for the first time after being questioned by the Barcelona deputy Gabriel Rufián, who based himself on the investigations carried out by the Canadian group Citizenlab specialized in cybersecurity.
The president recalled that his administration began an investigative process in this regard with the National Intelligence Center (CNI), the Ombudsman and parliamentary control.
In this sense, Sánchez stated that: “We are talking about a serious issue that requires serious responses” while he assured that the CNI has been governed by the provisions of the legislative regulations.
The Prime Minister’s restraint in asking to regain confidence is ultimately due to the need for parliamentary support from the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) party.
The complaints to the Spanish Government indicate that between 2017 and 2020 around 60 people linked to the Catalan independence movement were victims of espionage through the use of the Israeli program Pegasus.