Espionage in Spain: the government ousts the boss of intelligence

Espionage cases claimed their first victim in Spain. On Tuesday, May 10, the director of the CNI (Spanish National Intelligence Center), Paz Esteban, was dismissed from her post by the government of socialist Pedro Sánchez. His departure seemed inevitable, ensures the daily El País, close to the Spanish socialists. In office since January 31, 2020, she was the first woman in the history of the country to hold this position. Secretary of State for Defence, Esperanza Casteleiro, will succeed him.

This replacement comes three weeks after the triggering of the “Catalan Gate”: an investigation by the Canadian laboratory Citizen Lab, quoted by the American magazine The New Yorker April 18, revealed that the phones of more than 60 people linked to the Catalan independence movement were spied on using the Pegasus software, developed by the Israeli company NSO and which only governments can obtain. Most were between 2017 and 2020, during and after the aborted secession process

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