Jul. 14 – The pro-independence speaker of Catalonia’s regional parliament Roger Torrent said that he had been target of political espionage and accused the Spanish government of being responsible or negligent.
“In Spain, political espionage is being carried out against political adversaries,” Torrent said.
“If the Spanish government had knowledge of this, it would have been complicit in a crime. If it had no knowledge of it, it would be a very worrisome symptom of political negligence and lack of awareness of alleged illegal practices.”
The Spanish prime minister’s office commented saying that the government was not aware of these violations.
According to The Guardian and El Pais, Torrent and two other separatists were warned by researchers working with the instant messaging app Whatsapp – owned by Facebook – that their phone had been broken into with a spyware called “Pegasus”, realized by the Israeli company NSO Group.
NSO refused to give any answer or comment about the Torrent case, saying just that the software is operated “solely by authorisd government agencies to fight terror and serious crime, and protect public safety”.