Keyword: Pegasus

Emmanuel Macron ‘pushes for Israeli inquiry’ into NSO spyware concerns

French president reportedly spoke to Israeli premier Naftali Bennett to ensure ‘proper investigation’ after Pegasus project.

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Abdellatif Hammouchi: Morocco's spy chief at the heart of the Pegasus affair

Abdellatif Hammouchi during a visit to the COP22 international conference on the climate at Marrakesh, November 8th 2016. © Photo Illustration Mediapart avec Fadel Senna / AFP Abdellatif Hammouchi during a visit to the COP22 international conference on the climate at Marrakesh, November 8th 2016. © Photo Illustration Mediapart avec Fadel Senna / AFP

The Pegasus scandal has helped throw a spotlight on the repressive regime in Morocco, which is accused of using the Israeli-made spyware to target the phones of thousands of people, including politicians and journalists in France. In particular it has focused attention on the North African kingdom's top cop and spy chief Abdellatif Hammouchi and his role in the affair. As Mediapart reports, this key figure in the Moroccan state apparatus is feared in many Western capitals, including Paris.

Pegasus Affair: Morocco sues Amnesty and Forbidden Stories for defamation

The legal action follows revelations that its intelligence services used the Pegasus mobile phone spyware against dozens of French journalists. 

Phones of Macron and French ministers 'targeted in Pegasus affair'

French head of state and and 15 members of the French government may have been among potential targets in 2019 of surveillance by spyware made by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to a newspaper report.

French staff among 180 journalists identified by spyware firm clients

Data leak and forensics suggest NSO’s surveillance tool Pegasus was used against journalists at some of world’s top media companies. Mediapart was among those organisations targeted.