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Morocco rejects accusations about its use of Pegasus software to spy on politicians and journalists



The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, is among the targets of the Israeli spyware Pegasus, as revealed this Tuesday by the newspaper ‘Le Monde’, which has denounced that the alleged espionage was carried out in name of the Moroccan Intelligence.

Faced with this accusation, the Government of Morocco has rejected the information about his alleged use of the Israeli software Pegasus, from the NSO company, to spy on politicians and journalists and has denounced a “media campaign” against Rabat.

The Moroccan Executive has indicated in a statement that there is a “misleading, massive and malicious media campaign” against the country and has insisted that it “categorically rejects these unfounded accusations,” as reported by the Moroccan state news agency, MAP.

In this sense, he has complained to the non-governmental organization Amnesty International and the Forbidden Stories consortium, which published an investigation on the use of Pegasus for espionage work, which presents “tangible and material evidence that supports its surreal claims.

“Morocco is once again the target of hateful attacks that reveal the will of certain media circles and NGOs to place it under their orders and tutelage, which is not possible,” he said, while anticipating that will opt for “the judicial route” in the face of these “fallacious accusations.”

Espionage on Macron

According to the information collected by BFMTV, which cites a source from the French Executive, the authorities have already proceeded to renew the president’s cell phones and their security has been established in the “most restrictive way possible.” “Application installations and downloads are blocked,” he added.

Another source from the Elysee has pointed out that, “if the facts are true, they are obviously very serious” and has guaranteed that “all the light” will be thrown on this information.

The French Government Spokesperson, Gabriel Attalon Monday called the Pegasus disclosure “extremely shocking” and said “investigations” were conducted and “clarifications” requested.

In the list of phones spied on with Pegasus allegedly by governments are, for example, the wife and fiancée of the dissident Saudi journalist Yamal Jashogi, assassinated in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The list also includes journalists from CNN, The Associated Press, Voice of America, ‘The New York Times’, ‘The Wall Street Journal’, Bloomberg, ‘Le Monde’, ‘Financial Times’ or Al Jazeera.

The investigation is being carried out by the Paris-based media consortium Forbidden Stories, which ensures that the evidence has been obtained from the town phones through a forensic analysis carried out by the Amnesty International security laboratory.

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