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Pegasus Spyware Claims/Illegal Fuel Intakes Found

By Sofía Hanna | Wed, 07/21/2021 - 11:33

‘Pegasus’ contracts. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto used a spyware called Pegasus, for which it paid US$32 million, to spy on journalists, politicians and others. This was verified and confirmed by Santiago Nieto, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), López Obrador said. He added that he will be presenting the case to the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) and notice will be given to the Tax Administration Service (SAT) for possible issues related to tax evasion. He added that it was discovered that through the Pegasus program, journalists, activists and even López Obrador himself, as opposition leader at the time, were spied on. "Only an authoritarian government can monitor citizens. The government respects freedom of expression and does not spy, persecute or repress journalists or opponents, and we will cooperate with the authorities to carry out the corresponding investigations," the president said. On Sunday, numerous media outlets, including the Guardian, the BBC, Le Monde and the Washington Post, reported that journalists, politicians and others were targeted by the Pegasus spyware originally created by Israeli company NSO Group. NSO has denied any involvement.


Clandestine fuel intakes. Minister of National Defense Luis Crescencio Sandoval announced that during the last month, 803 clandestine fuel intakes were uncovered in at least six states and 385 people have been arrested as part of the fight against the illicit gasoline market. "The results: 10,299,786 liters of recovered fuel, 803 clandestine intakes were detected, 779 insured vehicles, 385 detained, 15 insured properties where the intakes were located or the stolen fuel was stored," added López Obrador.


Who’s who. This week's “fake news” segment also addressed the Pegasus spyware story, reiterating that that the software was used for espionage purposes. In other news, the segment’s moderator, journalist Ana García, denied a story published by El Financiero and Crónica that said the government had been hoarding vaccines and not administering them. García said the stories were false and provided figures related to vaccine distribution to refute the allegation.




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Sofía Hanna Sofía Hanna Junior Journalist and Industry Analyst