Mexico: Former administration spent $ 300 million

Mexico City: Between 2012 and 2018, former administration officials spent $ 300 million in government funds to buy “spyware” from Israel’s ONS, said Santiago Nieto, head of Israel’s ONS unit. Mexican financial intelligence.

The “bill” for programs such as Pegasus spyware appears to include additional payments, which may have been returned as bribes to former government officials. Santiago Nieto, head of Mexico’s financial intelligence unit, said on Wednesday the information was being passed on to Mexican prosecutors (Mexico).

The amount paid and the way it was paid indicates government corruption. In which journalists, activists and opposition figures were targeted and included the country’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador and his relatives.

The Moroccan government denied the news

Nieto said Lopez Obrador took office on December 1, 2018 and pledged not to use “spyware”. Since then, there has been no evidence of such activity carried out by the current administration.

Meanwhile, the Moroccan government has denied reports that the country’s security forces used spyware created by the Israeli group NSO to monitor the cell phones of the French president and other public figures. What will happen.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco was also among the possible targets.

In a statement Tuesday evening, the Moroccan government denounced a global media group investigating the alleged widespread use of NSO’s Pegasus spyware to target journalists, human rights activists and politicians in several countries. The government has warned of legal action.

A member of the group, the French newspaper ‘Le Monde’, reported that the cellphones of French President Emmanuel Macron and 15 members of the French government could be among the possible targets of the surveillance agency Pegasus spyware. Moroccan security in 2019. French public broadcaster Radio France said the phones of Moroccan king Mohamed VI and members of his entourage were also among the possible targets.

“The Kingdom of Morocco strongly condemns the persistent false, large-scale and malicious media campaign,” the statement said. The government has said it “rejects these false and baseless allegations.”

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