Have Emmanuel Macron and fifteen government officials been infected with Pegasus spyware on behalf of Morocco? More than a week after the revelation by seventeen international newsrooms, including The world, and Amnesty International of the targeting by the Cherifian kingdom of the phones of the Head of State and some of his ministers, the French executive is walled in silence, or almost. The official slogan has not changed since July 20. “If the facts are true, they are very serious”, we repeat tirelessly at the Elysee.
The President of the Republic himself repeated it during the Council of Ministers, Wednesday July 28, in which he participated by videoconference from his plane on his return from a trip to Polynesia. “I asked for explanations from Morocco and Israel”, added Mr. Macron, according to our information. The Pegasus software, in fact, is marketed by the Israeli company NSO, in close collaboration with the State of Hebrew. If Emmanuel Macron’s telephone interview with the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, has been confirmed from an official source, the Elysee refuses to comment on an exchange with the Moroccan authorities.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz was received on Wednesday by his French counterpart Florence Parly as part of a meeting “Long planned”, assures one in Paris, which made it possible to evoke this file. According to a press release released after this interview by the Ministry of the Armed Forces, Mr.me Parly “Indicated to him the clarifications which are now awaited by France, and on which depend the trust and mutual respect between our two countries”.
The investigations carried out by the services of the State, they are covered with the seal of secrecy. Since at least 2017 and until recent days, one of the numbers of the President of the Republic appeared in a list of contacts selected by a security service of the Moroccan state for a potential piracy via Pegasus. The same was true, at the beginning of summer 2019, with regard to the numbers of Edouard Philippe, then Prime Minister, and of all the main ministers (interior, environment, justice, economy, foreign affairs, budget, education ), with the exception of Florence Parly. Without being able to examine these phones, it is not possible for journalists to know if they were infected or not by the software.
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