A President, fifteen ministers, deputies and political leaders of all stripes. The numbers of a good part of the government were selected, in the summer of 2019, by Moroccan intelligence via the Pegasus cyber espionage software, according to new revelations from the Forbidden Stories consortium.
One of Emmanuel Macron’s numbers (the president has several), which he still used in recent days, appears in the list of numbers selected by the Moroccan state security service for potential hacking. Without being able to examine the phone of the President of the Republic, the journalists of the consortium cannot say whether it was ultimately infected or not. The NSO company, who created Pegasus, assures that Emmanuel Macron “has not, and has never been, a target or has never been selected as a target by customers of NSO”. However, the company said a few days ago that it had “no access to the data of its customers”, except in the event of an investigation. ” All the light will be shed on these press revelations », Indicates for his part the Elysee, contacted by Le Monde.
Jean-Yves Le Drian and Édouard Philippe in the sights of Morocco
The President of the Republic is far from being the only French elected official to have interested Moroccan services. Almost all the telephone numbers of members of the government of the time were by an operator within the security services of Morocco. Including that of the Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, but also of Breton Jean-Yves Le Drian, then Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Bruno Le Maire, Christophe Castaner, Gérald Darmanin, Jean-Michel Blanquer or Nicole Belloubet appear on this list, alongside deputies, such as that of La France insoumise Adrien Quatennens.
Officially created to help intelligence agencies fight crime, Pegasus software developed by an Israeli company called NSO has been used to spy on journalists, human rights activists and opponents around the world, according to a report. survey published this Sunday by a consortium of journalists.
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