CNI building in Madrid

Two Catalan politicians whose phones were allegedly hacked with spyware technology have announced a lawsuit against the former head of Spain’s National Intelligence Center (CNI), Félix Sanz Roldán, accusing him of political espionage. “As of today, the only person we can accuse is the former CNI director” said Andreu Van den Eynde, the lawyer for the speaker of the Catalan parliament, Roger Torrent, and the MP and former Catalan government minister Ernest Maragall.

Following revelations by The Guardian and El País that Torrent’s phone had been targeted with the Pegasus spyware, which the Israeli company NSO says it only sells to governments to track criminals and terrorists, the parliament speaker and other politicians of the Catalan independence movement were all but certain that Spain was behind the attack. According to the two newspapers, the software was only used to spy on the former MP for far-left CUP Anna Gabriel, exiled in Switzerland, and a member of the Catalan National Assembly grassroots group, Jordi Domingo.

Vice also ran a piece on Tuesday stating that a former NSO Group employee maintains that the Spanish government has been a client of the company since 2015. New revelations by claim that the Pegasus software also targeted Jordi Puigneró, the current Catalan minister for Digital Policies, and Sergi Miquel, a close collaborator of Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president exiled in Belgium.

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