Mexico: Man arrested for allegedly spying on journalist using Pegasus software

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THE Mexican Justice announced on Monday (8/11) that a man was arrested on charges of spying on a journalist with a software map Pegasus, produced by an Israeli company and at the heart of international espionage revelations.

The man was arrested on November 1 in the city Coffin (Central Mexico) for illegal interception and was sent to prison. According to Mexican media, this is the first arrest decided after a complaint made in 2017 by journalists and activists and the investigation that began only in July, after the revelations of the international press.

The Israeli company NSO Group was exposed in July following the publication of a large-scale investigation by an international consortium of journalists, which revealed that its software, Pegasus, allowed the phones of journalists, politicians, activists and business leaders in various countries to be monitored. Among the targets was the French president, Mr. Emanuel Macron, as well as relatives of today’s Mexican President, Man Manuel Lopez Obrador, the period when he was the leader of the opposition, in the days of his predecessor Enrique Pena Nieto in office.

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