Bolaños and Robles try to settle the internal crisis due to espionage to the Government

The political storm generated by espionage and, in particular, the infection with Pegasus of the cell phones of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, also unleashed an internal war for the responsibilities in the security of mobile devices delivered by Moncloa. The clash was led by Robles and the CNI, who pointed directly to the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños. The two parties try to consider the matter settled given the magnitude it acquired on Wednesday.

The conflict broke out when Defense, the portfolio on which the National Intelligence Center (CNI) depends, tried to discharge its responsibility for the late detection of espionage in the members of the Executive targeting Bolaños. The argument was that the competent body to ensure the security of Sánchez's electronic devices, his ministers and his senior positions was the General Secretariat of the Presidency that he occupied at the time the intrusion occurred in the Sánchez y Robles phone. However, in the Presidency they maintain that cybersecurity does not correspond to that department but to the National Cryptologic Center, according to the decree that regulates it.

After the media impact that the battle had, Robles and Bolaños tried to stop the hostilities so as not to stage an image of division in one of the most delicate moments of the legislature. The internal war came to light just before the appearance of the director of the CNI, Paz Esteban, who took place this thursday in the commission of official secrets of the Congress and with which the Government tried, without apparent success, to reduce the pressure of the coalition partner, United We Can, and the parliamentary allies, who demand heads for espionage.

The leader of the PP, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, also had tried to make a profit of the internal breach of the Executive considering that, given the differences between the ministers of the socialist wing, and also between the PSOE and United We Can, "the logical thing" was the dissolution of Parliament and an advance of the general elections.

Given this context, this Thursday, both Bolaños and Robles, who had held a conversation the previous afternoon given the magnitude that the struggle was reaching, tried to present a united and seamless Executive. “The Government as a whole is working to clarify the facts. [del espionaje] and after clarifying them that we are able to take measures so that they do not happen again, "Bolaños assured in statements to journalists. Trying to temper the waters regarding Robles, the minister wanted to transfer his "support, affection and solidarity" to his colleague in the Government in the face of the resignation requests made by the investiture partners.

"Our responsibility is that our country is better every day, that we have institutions that function with all guarantees. The entire government is involved in this. The Defense Minister and I are in it," said Bolaños, to whom Robles and the CNI they had pointed out as responsible for the president's device, despite the fact that cybersecurity corresponds to the National Cryptologic Center, dependent on the CNI.

But minutes later, the Defense Minister herself launched a similar message of unity within the Executive. His, Robles said during a visit to La Palma, "is a government that acts united" and "perfectly coordinated." "There is total and absolute coordination. And it is a government that, as a government, is proud of what it does, and of working together for all the citizens of this country," he said. "With the appearance of the director of the CNI, it has been clearly seen that this government complies: it complies with the law, it goes when it has to go to the Congress of Deputies to give explanations, because it has nothing to hide," he stressed.

The coordinator of the ministers of United We Can in the Executive, the second vice president and minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, assured this Thursday that she was satisfied with the information provided by the Government on espionage. "We must investigate and find out what has happened and, as we Democrats do, once we know the facts, then assess what is happening and take the necessary measures. And if you have to purge responsibilities, of course purge them", remarked, during a visit to the April Fair in Seville.

Despite Díaz's position, the Government has not yet managed to overcome the differences between the coalition partners and, especially, within United We Can, regarding espionage. The Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, already claims "political responsibilities". And the spokesman for the confederal group in Congress, Pablo Echenique, assured this Thursday that he would leave "more worried" and "uneasy" from the appearance of the director of the CNI.

He suggested Wednesday before Robles that the minister should resign. And after the commission of official secrets, he assured that the appearance of Paz Esteban "reinforces the need to assume political responsibilities wherever they are." Echenique wrote a message to Bolaños asking him to declassify the documents shown by the director of the CNI during the commission, which was held behind closed doors and whose content is secret, although several details were known, such as Esteban assuring that independence leaders were spied on by order court, including the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès.

United We Can sources consulted by this newspaper assure that they will continue to demand maximum transparency inside and outside the Government about the Pegasus case, although they rule out any possibility of breaking up the coalition on this matter.

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