List includes names of presidents and prime ministers; advisors to the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) were also monitored
The cell phones of several presidents and prime ministers are among the possible targets espionage by the Israeli Pegasus system. A joint investigation by 17 international media organizations reported on Monday, 19, that the technology has been used by people from 10 different countries to investigate thousands of journalists, businessmen and even heads of state in more than 40 countries since year 2016. This Tuesday, 20, the New York Times and The Washington Post released names that appear on the list of spy targets. Among them are the presidents of France, Emmanuel Macron, from Iraq, Barham Salih, from Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, and from South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, besides the king of Morocco, Mohammed IV. Also on the list are the prime ministers of Pakistan, Imram Khan, of Morocco, Saad-Eddine El Othmani and of Egypt, Mostafa Madbouly.
The investigation also found the names of former Ugandan prime ministers, Ruhakana Rugunda, of Italy, Romano Prodi, of Belgium, Charles Michel, and of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, and former Mexican president, Felipe Calderón. According to the Washington Post, the government of Morocco monitored Macron, 14 French ministers, King Mohammed IV and former minister Prodi, as well as advisors to the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom. Moroccan authorities, however, deny the charges. Also according to the newspaper, the government of Rwanda had planned to spy on the phones of the president of South Africa and the premier of Burundi. The country’s chancellor, Vincent Buruta, said Rwanda does not have the capacity for that.