According to reports, after Amnesty International and French NGOs claimed that Rabat agents used Israeli malware to spy on French politicians, including President Emmanuel Macron, the Moroccan government is suing Amnesty International and a French NGO defamation.
“The Moroccan country…hopes that these two organizations will do everything possible to these false allegations, and they will make allegations without any concrete or proof evidence,” According to AFP, Moroccan lawyer Olivier Baratelli said in a statement on Thursday.
According to data reviewed by the French investigative organization Amnesty and Forbidden Stories, Moroccan intelligence officers used the “Pegasus” malware developed by the Israeli National Bureau of Statistics to monitor President Macron, former Prime Minister Edward Philip, 14 other ministers and several French journalists. These allegations were first reported by Le Monde on Monday, which is one of 17 media outlets with which the two organizations share data.
The Moroccan government immediately denied these allegations, calling them “Unfounded and false,” And explain it “Never obtained computer software to penetrate communication equipment.”
Macron himself held an emergency security meeting on Thursday, after his office vowed to investigate the incident the day before. “Very serious” Allegations.
The defamation trial may not start until next year, but the pre-trial hearing is scheduled to be held in Paris in October. At the same time, prosecutors in the French capital also launched their own investigations into the allegations of Moroccan espionage.
Amnesty and Forbidden Stories obtained a leaked document from NSO that allegedly listed the phone numbers of 50,000 politicians, journalists, activists and business figures. According to reports, these numbers are of interest to customers who are listed as NSO’s “Pegasus” malware, which can secretly monitor calls, text messages, and online communications on target mobile phones. Not all 50,000 numbers are tracked, but a source told the Guardian that Pegasus’s 45 customers tracked an average of 112 numbers each.
Macron is not the only senior politician allegedly under surveillance.According to reports, Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador Monitor Led by his predecessor, Enrique Peña Nieto.According to media reports, the Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban It is also possible to use Pegasus to monitor political opponents, as is the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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