Pegasus case: France’s Emmanuel Macron among heads of state on snoop list

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French President Emmanuel Macron was among the three heads of state who had been focused for potential surveillance within the venture Pegasus case, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. According to the Post, two different sitting presidents — Iraq’s Barham Salih and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa — had been additionally focused.

“None of them offered their iPhones or Android devices to The Washington Post and 16 other news organizations that scrutinized the list of phone numbers. That means the forensic testing that might have revealed infection by NSO’s signature spyware, Pegasus, was not possible,” The Washington Post stated in its report.

The Washington Post additionally stated that three present prime ministers — Pakistan’s Imran Khan, Egypt’s Mostafa Madbouly and Morocco’s Saad-Eddine El Othmani — had been named within the list.

“Seven former prime ministers, who according to time stamps on the list were placed there while they were still in office, including Lebanon’s Saad Hariri, Uganda’s Ruhakana Rugunda, and Belgium’s Charles Michel. And one king: Morocco’s Mohammed VI,” the Post stated.

“The Post and its partner news organizations in 10 countries confirmed the ownership of these numbers and others cited in this article through public records, journalists’ contact books, and queries to government officials or other close associates of the potential targets — though in some cases it was not possible to determine whether the phone numbers were active ones or former ones,” it added.

The Post stated that it confirmed 5 of the numbers itself, whereas the remaining had been confirmed by its companions.

Earlier at present, France stated that it’s investigating the suspected widespread use of spy ware made by Israel-based NSO Group to focus on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents.

The Paris prosecutor’s workplace stated in a press release on Tuesday that it opened an investigation right into a raft of potential expenses, together with violation of privateness, unlawful use of knowledge and illegally promoting spy ware.

On Sunday, an investigation printed by 17 media organisations, led by the Paris-based non-profit journalism group Forbidden Stories, stated the spy ware had been utilized in tried and profitable hacks of smartphones belonging to journalists, authorities officers and human rights activists.

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