World Pegasus project. Morocco defamation attack Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International in Paris
Pegasus: Morocco Defamation Attacks, an Investigation Open In Algeria
© Jack Guez Morocco is accused by several media for having wanted to spy on several heads of state, including Emmanuel Macron, through the Pegasus software. NSO Group. AFP / Jack GUEZ Morocco, accused of having used the Espionage Pegasus software, decided to attack in defamation Amnesty and Forbidden Stories before the Criminal Court of Paris, announced Thursday his lawyer in a statement.
The Kingdom of Morocco announced, Thursday, July 22, 2021, whom he had a complaint for defamation before the Criminal Court of Paris against the two associations at the origin of the revelations in the framework of the Pegasus project, Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International.
The, accused of having used the software, decided to attack in defamation Amnesty and Forbidden Stories before the correctional court of , announced Thursday, July 22, 2021 his lawyer in a statement.
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"The Kingdom of Morocco and its ambassador in France, Chakib Benmoussa, have mandated me Olivier Baratelli to issue, from today, two direct quotes in defamation" against these two associations originallyon customers From this software designed by the Israeli company NSO, continues the press release.
A first procedural hearing is planned on October 8, but the trial should not take place before two years.
An "trial of intent Created from any room"
"The Moroccan state immediately intends to seize French justice because it wants all light to be made on the false allegations of these two organizations that advance elements without the slightest concrete evidence And demonstrated ", accuses me Baratelli.
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"The Moroccan state considers to face a new list of list and that the past has been well demonstrated that it was easy to draw from the false conclusions of such practices" , adds the lawyer, deploring an "trial of Media, unfounded and visibly created from any room to destabilize the deep diplomatic relationship between Morocco and France ".
The Cherifian Kingdom "hears does not let unpunished the multiple lies and Fake News propagated in recent days" .
As early as Monday, the Moroccan government had defended by removing having acquired "computer software to infiltrate communication devices" .
Rabat then threatened Wednesday of "Opt for a judicial approach, in Morocco and internationally against any party taking into account these fallacious allegations" . At the same time, the Moroccan General Prosecutor's Office announced on Wednesday "the opening of a judicial inquiry into these false allegations and accusations" .
Private Israeli malware used to spy on journalists, activists: report
Activists, journalists and politicians around the world have been spied on using cellphone malware developed by a private Israeli firm, reports said Sunday, igniting fears of widespread privacy and rights abuses. The Guardian wrote that the investigation suggests "widespread and continuing abuse" of Pegasus, which NSO says is intended for use against criminals and terrorists. Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based media non-profit organization, initially had access to the leak, which they then shared with media organizations.
Many French politicians targeted
introduced into a smartphone, this software - designed by Israeli company NSO - allows to recover the messages, photos, contacts, and activate at distances the microphones.
Organizations forbidden Stories and Amnesty International have obtained a list of 50,000 phone numbers, selected by NSO clients since 2016 to be potentially monitored, and shared it with a 17-media consortium that revealed its existence on Sunday.
The list of potential targets includes numbers of at least 180 journalists, 600 men and women politicians, 85 human rights activists or 65 business leaders, according to the consortium's analysis - which has locked it a lot. Morocco, in Saudi Arabia or Mexico.
Tuesday, the world and Radio France, members of the consortium, revealed that a telephone line of the French President was part of the "numbers selected by a Moroccan state security service [...] for piracy potential" .
Former Prime Minister, 14 members of the Government including Jean-Yves Le Drian and Gérald Darmanin, as well as former ministers and politicians also appear on this list according to these media.
French president identified as spyware target .
The president's phone number was found on a list of numbers that were potential phone hacking targets.The software, known as Pegasus, infects phones and allows operators to extract messages, record calls and secretly activate microphones and cameras.