No evidence presented by Spain: European Parliament's draft report on Pegasus spyware does not accuse Morocco

The European Parliament draft report by the Committee of Inquiry to investigate the use of Pegasus did not include the name of Morocco in particular concerning the hack of the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s phone and the members of his government, the Spanish online newspaper Okdiario reported Thursday.

According to the same source, the report of the Spanish National Intelligence Center (CNI), was free of any evidence to accuse Morocco.

The Okdiario said that the National Intelligence Center, could not find any evidence linking Morocco to the spying case, which the Government had officially announced publicly, by reaching 3 gigabytes of information from Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's phone, as well as, phones of the former Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya, and the Defense Minister Margarita Robles.

The Spanish newspaper pointed out that the European Parliament intends to publish the committee's investigative report on Friday, adding that, there is "little hope for answers" as to who made the hack and what happened to the leaked information, although the Spanish government officially announced the statement on 2 May 2022.

However, this resulted in the dismissal of Paz Esteban López, the CNI; Without any explanation from the Government and without linking to the Pegasus case. The Spanish government also did not establish a commission of inquiry and it confined itself to filing a judicial complaint supported by a report from the (CNI).

The intelligence report emphasized that determining who is responsible for the hack is impossible. The Okidiario, which succeeded in accessing some passages of it, said that "Spain was rarely mentioned," noting that the 67-page report focused on the effects of espionage on the European Union's diplomatic relations with countries accused of using Pegasus, which means that there is no official accusation against Morocco from Madrid.

The report confirmed that while the Moroccan Government had been accused of using the Israeli program against Spanish politicians, the Government of Sánchez had not acted, emphasizing that Spain had sought to "maintain existing cooperation with Morocco on migration and border control," while warning that the European Union was suspected of using leaked information to influence state policies or direct elections.

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