Pegasus shakes all Spanish politics

Political earthquake. The espionage case is currently moving the entire board, without knowing what consequences it will have. The Government defends its actions and transparency, within the shadows of the State, for informing that the cell phones of Pedro Sánchez and Margarita Robles were attacked. But his partners keep pushing harder and harder and insist that heads have to fall.

There are many fronts opened by Pegasus, from the political situation that could endanger the legislature to the open investigation already this Tuesday by the National High Court and the role of the CNI’s secret services. All this in a field where the sun hardly penetrates, in which spies and topics that cannot be made public are mixed.

The Congress of Deputies is going to become one of the epicenters of this case. The PSOE has achieved that there is no investigation commission, with the support of the PP, Vox and Ciudadanos, understanding that this will be studied in other ways (within the CNI, by the Ombudsman and in the official secrets commission, as well as in court). But it has not managed to stop the appearance of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who will have to give explanations after voting in favor of PP, Vox, Cs Esquerra, EH Bildu, PDeCAT, PNV, Junts, BNG, Compromís, Más País and the CUP.

The words of the Government are awaited with great anxiety in the Chamber. This Wednesday, first, the appearance of the head of Defense, Margarita Robles, will take place before the branch commission. And on Thursday, at nine in the morning, it will be the turn of the director of the CNI, Paz Esteban, who will do so in the newly established official secrets commission (which will also have representatives from Vox, ERC and Bildu).

These two figures are in the center of the target, and the partners of the Government have set their eyes on them as the possible heads to cut off after uncovering the espionage scandal of more than sixty personalities related to the Catalan independence movement. Sánchez continues, for the moment, ruling out stopping them, as Moncloa has pointed out, but it is emphasized that he is in the process of clarifying what has happened. The name of the director of the Center is the one that is most in the air, but she is waiting for that vital appearance.

The head of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, He pointed out on Cadena Ser that Esteban “is still at the CNI, he is working to clarify the facts and that is the phase we are in.” The spokeswoman and Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, has also spoken at the press conference after the Council of Ministers, showing “full support” for Robles and the director of the CNI, but when asked about the cessation of the latter, she answered: “Every moment has its eagerness”.

In Congress, at the usual press conferences, messages from the partners such as “heads have to roll” have been heard, as pointed out by Íñigo Errejón (More Country), or that “this can not only end the legislature, but also democracy”, by Gabriel Rufián. In addition, they continue to cast suspicion on the moment in which the espionage to Pedro Sánchez and Margarita Robles was revealed. From La Moncloa it is insisted that it was done when the report was known.


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Relations between the Government and the independence movement are going through a very difficult time, something that was already evident during the vote on the anti-crisis decree (which came out thanks to Bildu and after the ERC and the PP voted no). The Executive had proposed to rebuild the relationship with those of Pere Aragonès, but the situation remains on the precipice (the Catalan president demands a meeting with the socialist leader before Friday).

For the time being, the Government maintains that it is only known that Sánchez and Robles’ cell phones were spied on within the Executive, and that it was done by an outsider (that is, it was not the CNI itself). What the Government’s revelation has made clear is that there was a very important flaw in the security systems, despite the fact that these phones are encrypted.

Another political message has also come out from Moncloa: there is no intention to advance the elections, scheduled for the end of next year.

What have been known are the dates of the espionage: the cell phone of the Prime Minister was infected on May 19 and 31, 2021, a time when the migration crisis was taking place on the border with Morocco. That of the Minister of Defense was spied on in June of that same year, according to the reports of the National Cryptologic Center attached by the State Attorney presented at the National Court in her complaint.

Pedro Sanchez
Pedro Sanchez

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precisely the judge Jose Luis Calama has started the investigation this same Tuesday for a possible crime of discovery and disclosure of secrets (categorized in the Penal Code), also leaving in his car that it is “clearly clear” that the jurisdiction of the case corresponds to the National High Court as they are high state agencies.

2.6 gigabytes and 130 megabytes of data were extracted from Pedro Sánchez’s mobile, while 9 megabytes of information were obtained from Robles’s, without knowing what data they contained. Spain has decided to confirm this information, while in other countries it came to light through the press, such as with Emmanuel Macron or Angela Merkel, but without official ratification by their governments.

The Government has not confirmed more names, but it could also have been the object of espionage the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Arancha González Layaas published on Tuesday by the newspaper The country. It also occurred during those dates of the crisis with Morocco and there is no evidence that a complaint was filed in that case. From the Government they have not confirmed about this episode.

Pegasus has shaken all Spanish politics. The consequences, not even the spies themselves know.

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