she President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Denied giving an opinion on espionage made in the past six-year term, after a protected witness declared before a judge that Carlos Slim, Germán Larrea, Carmen Aristegui and Jenaro Villamil, among others, were spied on software. Pegasus.
“We have to wait, we have to see who says it,” he declared this Tuesday during his morning press conference. National Palace.
On the other hand, the president denied that the surveillance was done by his government against journalists, human rights defenders, politicians and others. Instead, he said those spies “have no respect for anyone.”
“We don’t spy on anybody, we don’t listen to anybody’s phones,” he shot back.
López Obrador denied being informed about an alleged spy network during the last six-year term: “I don’t know,” he said.
“There are many who are used to that, they remain in those practices, which are not good, but it is not easy to find the listeners, there are companies that sell that service and even they have politicians, they have their systems, however. traders, traders who spy”, he pointed out.
Despite this, AMLO said that his government only uses intelligence “not to use force” but “in the case of fighting organized crime and crime,” which he assured is “authorized.”
“We’ve never used that, and it’s a shame they’re listening,” he said.
The president reiterated that such actions can only be done by order of a judge for an authorized investigation.
These statements come a day after the protected witness Zeus criticized in the oral trial against Juan Carlos Garcia Rivera, accused operator of Pegasus spy software for the company KBH Applied Technologies Group, which is said to have spied on businessmen such as Carlos Slim, German Larrea and directors of Television; but also to journalists like Héctor de Mauleón, Carmen Aristegui, Jenaro Villamil, Carlos Loret and Pedro Ferriz de Con.
Also, he explained that the names of the Pegasus spies can be found in an Excel with more than 1,500 records, sent to CISEN.
“Zeus” worked for KBH Corporate, a network of companies that the Israeli-born businessman, Uri Emmanuel Ansbacher Bendrama, used to sell spy software to the Mexican government during the former president’s six-year term. Enrique Peña Nieto.