The announcement yesterday that the cell phone of the Minister of the Interior was also infected by Pegasus along with that of Pedro Sánchez and Margarita Robles leads to the conclusion that whoever contracted the services of the Israeli system wanted to spy on the backbone of Spain’s state policies .
The intrusion into the three devices occurred between the end of spring and the beginning of summer 2021, at the height of the greatest diplomatic crisis with Morocco -10,000 people entered the Ceuta fence and swam protected by police passivity Moroccan – before Madrid’s decision to secretly host, for humanitarian reasons, the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, who remained in the country from April 18 to June 1, 2021.
The fact that the Israeli program spied on essential ministries in security and immigration relations with Morocco and tried unsuccessfully with the head of Agriculture, Luis Planas, also a substantial area in interrelations with the kingdom of Mohamed VI, increases suspicions. towards Rabat. So does the context and dates.
The portfolio headed by Planas – who was the Spanish ambassador to the Alaouite kingdom between 2004 and 2010 – is also extremely important in the field of fishing, given the limbo in which the Spanish fishermen who work in Moroccan waters would be left if they finally executes the European sentence that annuls the agreement between Morocco and the EU, and the delimitation of waters. Precisely, after the approach of Sánchez to Rabat last March -changing against all odds its position on the Sahara-, Morocco resumed the controversial oil prospecting near the coast of the Canary Islands.
To these elements must also be added the detection by the National Cryptologic Center (CCN) that the mobile of the then head of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya (who negotiated Ghali’s entry to Spain to deal with the serious Covid he suffered from) , was infected with a malicious program in May 2021. As determined by the National Cryptologic Center, Fernando Grande-Marlaska’s terminal was violated between June 7 and 26, 2021 -on dates similar to the hacking of Margarita Robles’ mobile -, when the diplomatic crisis continued despite the fact that the historic Saharawi leader had already returned to Algeria. In that period, according to sources consulted by this newspaper, the country’s top security official participated in five international meetings by videoconference.
Marlaska always played a very active role in the crisis with Morocco. On May 22, she had traveled to Melilla to address the situation after five nights of pressure on the border. During that trip to hold an operational meeting of the State Security Forces and Bodies in the autonomous city, the head of the Moroccan government, Saad-Eddine El Othmani, issued a severe appeal to Spain to adopt a clear position on the territorial integrity of Morocco. The data revealed by CNN, dependent on the National Intelligence Center (CNI), suggest that Pedro Sánchez’s cell phone was infected on May 19, 2021, one day after the massive entry of migrants into Ceuta with the complicity of the Moroccan authorities. On May 31, Pegasus also spied on the Prime Minister.
Undoubtedly, Fernando Grande-Marlaska is the main person affected by the hack since the amount of information stolen -in two attempts- is three times greater than that obtained from Pedro Sánchez’s terminal.
The content has not transcended nor has the degree of sensitivity, although there is a lot of concern about the volume. It is unknown if the robbery includes audios with conversations, videos because the camera and microphone have been activated.
The Government is going to put these new revelations of the National Cryptologic Center in the hands of the courts, which will expand the complaint presented in the National High Court that at first referred only to the mobile phones of Sánchez and Robles.
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