Neither Pedro Sánchez gave the order nor did he know that the CNI had tapped the telephone of the then Vice President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès. “The Government does not know and should not know if Aragonès has been spied on”, state government sources after the head of the Spanish secret services revealed in Congress, during her appearance behind closed doors, that the current head of the Government was one of the surveillance targets and that his cell phone was seized with a judicial authorization.
Robles unleashes a war within the Government to relieve the CNI of responsibility for espionage
The revelation places Sánchez in a very difficult situation with his parliamentary allies. All of them have left the commission of reserved expenses warning that they were even “more concerned” than how they had entered. That is why Moncloa begins to issue some message, despite the fact that many questions remain unanswered.
What they make clear in the government is that the president and his members have no information regarding the operations carried out by the CNI. This is how members of former cabinets testify to elDiario.es that the most that the president or the competent ministers receive from the secret services are reports with conclusions on specific operations, but not how they have been carried out. The reports that are sent to the president have hardly any detail unless he expressly asks to know something, says a former member of the Government, who assures that these documents in no case detail names. “We did not know if an objective had been achieved through an informant or by entering a computer,” says one of those sources referring to moments in the fight against terrorism.
The director of the CNI has shown in the commission of reserved expenses the judicial authorizations to intervene the telephones of twenty people. Among the names was that of Aragonès. The authorizations with names and surnames shown by Esteban have been 18 but, along with these, the director has also shown a dozen papers whose identities had been erased, which suggests that there were judicial authorizations to enter the telephones of people whose names have not yet been revealed.
The CNI disassociates itself from the rest of the interventions through the Pegasus system that Citizen Lab has revealed and that reaches 65 names of people linked to the independence movement, including deputies Miriam Nogueras (Junts) and Albert Boltran (CUP), who were present at the appearance of Paz Esteban.
The explanations of the chief of spies have not satisfied the allies of the coalition, who have opened the door for the rest of those spied on with that system to have been victims of third countries or of elements outside the control of “other State agencies.” ”, According to the interpretation they have made after the appearance. Republican leader Gabriel Rufián has opened the spotlight on the Ministry of the Interior led by Fernando Grande-Marlaska and which until now had been left out of the controversy. “We are talking about the sewers,” said Rufián, who has assured that the situation “is also unsustainable for the Interior.” Also the deputy of Junts, Miriam Nogueras, has pointed out that the “Ministry of Defense and the CNI are the tip of the iceberg”.