New Targets of Pegasus Revealed
The Washington Post has published new names on the spy list of the Israeli Pegasus Project, with names of heads of state, including the French President Macron and the Iraqi President Barham Salih, and former and current prime ministers.
The Washington Post published an article with new names on "Israel's" Pegasus spy list including current heads of state, in addition to former and current prime ministers.
According to the newspaper, three current presidents, French Emmanuel Macron, Iraqi Barham Salih, and South African Cyril Ramaphosa, and one king, King Mohamed VI of Morocco, were mentioned in the spy list.
Seven previous prime ministers, including Lebanon's Saad Hariri and Belgium's Charles Michel, were placed on the list while still in office, according to the Washington Post.
Moroccan intelligence spied on the phones of French President Emmanuel Macron and former Prime Minister Dora Philippe, according to a report by the French newspaper "Le Monde" published on Tuesday.
Le Monde reported that, in addition to eavesdropping on 14 French government officials in 2019, "it is still unclear whether Moroccan intelligence agencies succeeded in spying on the French President's phones and other members of the government, or not.”
Furthermore, the Elysee Palace informed "Le Monde" newspaper that the facts found "would be deemed quite serious if verified."
Yesterday, Radio France said that Moroccan King Mohamed VI and his close associates were among the names identified on Moroccan intelligence, as being targeted by the "Pegasus" program. This constitutes information with significant implications to the scope of the espionage implicated in the case.
The Paris Public Prosecutor's Office said that an investigation has been launched into the leaks of the media reports concerning spying on French journalists whose phones had been hacked. The Moroccan government refuted the accusations that the Moroccan state has had a hand in espionage using the Pegasus program.
"Le Monde" reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed had requested to spy on "Lebanese politicians and media figures," through the Pegasus program developed by the Israeli company NSO.
Opposition parties in India have disrupted Parliamentary proceedings and demanded a probe into accusations that the government has used the Pegasus program to spy on journalists and politicians, including the opposition leader.
Members of the Indian opposition echoed slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, demanding an impartial probe into the hacking allegations and the resignation of Interior Minister Amit Shah.
The Pegasus program, designed by an Israeli private firm, NSO, that works closely with the Israeli government, aids in the surveillance of smartphones by infecting them with a virus that enables the storage of the user's pictures, chats, and documents.
“Israel” has secretly allowed a group of electronic surveillance corporations to work for the Saudi government, according to a New York Times investigation published yesterday, Saturday.
It is worth noting that the Israeli NSO Group was formed by former employees of Unit 8200, one of “Israel's” most powerful intelligence agencies with a mission to spy on institutions and individuals around the world.