Spain’s prime minister’s cellphone was hacked with Israeli software, the country’s government says. World

Spain's prime minister's cellphone was hacked with Israeli software, the country's government says.  World

Spain’s Secret Service has discovered that the cell phones of the country’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the defense minister, Margarita Robles, were infected with Israel’s spy software Pegasus.

According to the government, Sanchez’s cell phone was infected in May last year, and there has been at least one data leak since then. Officials did not say whether they consider any of the groups suspected of spying.

“The interventions were illegal and external, meaning they were carried out by informal groups and without authorization”, said Presidency Minister Felix Bolaos.

Audiencia Nacional, the highest level of Spanish justice, will investigate the matter.

pressure from separatists

The announcement comes amid pressure on Spain’s socialist government to explain the leak of cellphone data of about 60 people linked to the separatist movement in Catalonia, a region in northeastern Spain where a portion of the population seeks independence from the Spanish state. supports.

Following allegations made by separatists, the left-wing Catalan separatist party ERC, one of Pedro Sánchez’s main allies in parliament, announced that it would stop supporting the government until Madrid acted on the investigation.

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