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French President Emmanuel Macron was among the targets of the Moroccan secret services. They also targeted the former prime ministers of France, Belgium and Algeria.
The Pegasus case continues to make the news. As a reminder, the non-profit Forbidden Stories project, with the help of 16 media, revealed to have found traces of spyware manufactured by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group on the smartphones of journalists, activists, dissidents and even political opponents.
This software sucks all the data from the smartphone: photographs, videos, address book, locations… but also encrypted messages in applications such as Signal or WhatsApp. It targets all devices, Windows, Android and even the latest version of the iPhone OS.
Emmanuel Macron would have been watched by Morocco
We knew that Morocco was on the list of NSO Group customers. We now know that Morocco tried to access the cell phone of French President Emmanuel Macron using the spyware Pegasus, it is in all that the newspaper Le Monde declares.
Telephone numbers belonging to former Belgian Prime Ministers and current President of the European Council, Charles Michel, as well as former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and former Algerian Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui have also been found. If this information is confirmed, Rabat could find itself plunged into a gigantic diplomatic storm with its main international allies.
For now, the Paris prosecutor’s office has been the first judicial body to open an investigation into the spying of two journalists from the French site Mediapart – before the news of President Macron’s hacking attempt became known – in the context of revelations from the investigation Pegasus Project, led by the non-profit organization Forbidden Stories in collaboration with an international consortium of 16 media, including Le Monde, The Guardian but also The Washington Post.
France investigates, Morocco denies
« If the facts are true, they are obviously very serious“, Declared the Elysee. According to Le Monde, among the more than 10,000 phones that the Moroccan secret services have tried to spy on since 2017, there was one that Emmanuel Macron uses regularly, which could have given them access to private conversations and confidential information of the French president since March 2019. In addition to Emmanuel Macron and his former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the numbers of at least 14 French ministers and former ministers – and even some of their relatives – have appeared. It should be noted, however, that without a detailed technical analysis of the devices, it is impossible to know if the secret services have succeeded in installing the spyware.
Rabat denies having used the Pegasus software and described as “false” the investigation of Forbidden Stories and its partners, which suggest that the services of the Kingdom had infiltrated the phones of several foreign personalities, as well as many activists, dissidents and journalists. of various nationalities.