Sunday, May 22

Aragonès points to the CNI for spying on independence leaders: “You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes”

The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, sees “clear evidence” that the CNI is behind the espionage of independence leaders using Pegasus software. The head of the Government has argued this Wednesday in Rac1 that it has been “a long time” that the independence movement “suspects” that it is “the objective of the intelligence services”.

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Aragonès has insisted on meeting “face to face” with the Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, to address this issue, and has added that he is in favor of ERC’s relations with the PSOE “not remaining the same” if Moncloa does not investigate espionage with “transparency and supervision”. “Without assumption of responsibilities it will be very difficult for parliamentary stability to continue,” he warned.

Asked explicitly if he believes that the CNI is responsible for this espionage action, given that El País published this Wednesday that the secret services hired Pegasus –although to use it abroad–, he stated: “They have the program, there are 60 people spied on, the only ones who may have an interest in doing it are them… You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to look at the CNI”.

Aragonès will meet on Thursday in Madrid with the elected officials spied on by ERC, Junts, CUP and Bildu in Congress and the Senate.

Borràs asks for the resignation of Sánchez

The president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, has called for the resignation of the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez; the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska; and the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, for what they have baptized as ‘Catalangate’. In an interview on Catalunya Ràdio, Borràs defended that explanations should not only be asked of the central Executive but that “there should be one more step” with the demand for resignations.

In addition, the president of the Parliament believes that the case of massive espionage against the independence movement must have consequences “beyond” freezing relations with La Moncloa, as Aragonès announced. “The dialogue table was born dead and now it is buried,” she added.

Borràs is one of the people who was spied on with the Pegasus program, according to the Citizen Lab report. From what he has explained, it seems that in his case there was a first attempted attack on his mobile phone in 2018 when the attack was being formed. Govern. “You feel naked when someone can access your private life. It is the feeling that they have seen you from the inside”, she stated, later adding that “if you spy, it is to use the information politically”.

As for the consequences, Borràs has said that he is now in the phase of asking for explanations and has defended moving to the phase of requesting resignations. “Pedro Sánchez must resign because he allows the structural dirty war but the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Defense must also resign”, he said, later recalling that a case of this magnitude had never occurred.