“We found these phone numbers, but obviously we could not carry out a technical investigation of Emmanuel Macron’s phone” to verify if it is infected by this software, Laurent Richard explained to the LCI chain, confirming an information from the newspaper Le Monde. Therefore, “this does not tell us if the president was actually spied on, but it shows in any case that there was an interest in doing so,” added the director of this organization.
“If the facts are confirmed, it is evident that they are very serious. We will clarify these press revelations ”, assured the French Presidency.
In this context, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced yesterday the opening of the first judicial investigation into the case, in particular by the French journalists whose telephones were violated.
This investigation covers a list of ten crimes, including “violation of privacy”, “interception of correspondence”, “fraudulent access” to a computer system and “illicit association”.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post indicated that the list of those intercepted by Pegasus includes three presidents and three acting heads of government, seven former prime ministers and the King of Morocco Mohammed VI.
The surprise could not be greater: according to press revelations about the global espionage plot carried out with software from an Israeli company, the General Directorate of Territory Surveillance (DGSN) – Rabat’s secret service – would have put the phone under its control the monarch himself and also those of his retinue.
Forbidden Stores and the Amnesty International association obtained a list of 50,000 phone numbers selected since 2016 by customers of the Israeli group NSO, which developed Pegasus, for eventual surveillance. The two organizations then shared the list with a global consortium of 17 media outlets, among them Mexican Proceso and Aristegui Noticias.
According to these revelations, other potential targets would have been several relatives and collaborators of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.