The Government considers the "internal control in the CNI" settled with the explanations in the commission of official secrets of the Congress

The Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños, escaped Congress this Wednesday without giving a single new detail about the espionage scandal, which was one of the reasons why the parliamentary groups had summoned him . In addition, he has considered the "internal control" that the Government was forced to carry out in the CNI when Citizen Lab revealed that some 65 people from the sovereignist world had been spied on with the Pegasus software. Despite the fact that no conclusion is known from this "exercise" beyond the fact that the phones of Pedro Sánchez, Margarita Robles and Fernando Grande-Marlaska were spied on and that this has led to the dismissal of the director of the CNI, Paz Esteban, Bolaños has considered the matter settled with the explanations that she herself gave last week in the official secrets commission of Congress, which meets behind closed doors. “It was the last step of the control and she exposed it in the commission”, explain government sources.

Sánchez justifies the dismissal of the director of the CNI for the "failure in the security of the Government's communications"

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In that appearance, Esteban revealed that the CNI had spied with judicial authorization on 18 of the people who appear on the list revealed by Citizen Lab, including Pere Aragonès, when he was vice president of the Generalitat. However, they remain many unanswered questions after the then spy chief passed through Congress. In fact, the coalition partners acknowledged coming out of it more concerned after listening to her. During Bolaños' appearance, the deputies questioned him about the motivation for the espionage and even the spokeswoman for EH Bildu, Mertxe Aizpurua, told him that "it should be clarified that Pegasus has not been used by elements not controlled by the State". But Bolaños not only has not clarified it but has not even answered.

"Under the law of official secrets and that regulates the CNI, I cannot give you an answer", has been the justification of the minister to the multiple specific questions about the case. “We have given a good account of the measures and decisions that we have adopted”, he added: “I think there have been public explanations and I have no doubt that those present here know what we have done to clarify what has happened in recent weeks . It is true that there are things that we cannot talk about because the law prevents it, but except for those things, of course we are giving explanations as everyone is seeing.

What Sánchez himself, as well as Bolaños and also Adriana Lastra have taken care of, is make it clear that the dismissal of the director of the CNI is due to a "security failure" in the infection of the phones of the president and ministers, which occurred a year ago and has not been detected until now, after Robles will avoid it at all costs in the press conference after the Council of Ministers in which that decision was executed. “We are going to strengthen the capabilities of the CNI to avoid the security breaches that we have seen in recent days,” said Bolaños. However, he has not answered the question from the PNV deputy, Mikel Legarda, who has asked him specifically about the regulations that the Executive intends to carry out within the regulatory framework of the CNI. "He has not replied to me, nor to any other group," the Basque parliamentarian has complained.

The spokesman for United We Can, Jaume Asens, has recognized that the dismissal of the director of the CNI is not enough: "We are facing one of the biggest scandals and dismissing the director of the CNI is an important step, indeed, but that does not eliminate the demand to know the truth, a demand that citizens have the right to see satisfied”. "You have to know what happened, why it happened and who did it, and we still don't know," said Asens, who has pointed to the existence of "sewers" in the State that have yet to be cleaned. He has also insisted on the declassification of documents. In Moncloa they are willing to do so although they circumscribe that decision, at least for now, to a judge claiming it.

Asens has gone a step further by calling for a "clear and firm commitment" that the Pegasus system will not be used again. “It could not only be illicit or illegal, but even criminal,” he has asserted. He has also demanded the call for consultations with the Israeli ambassador so that he gives explanations for the espionage to the president. “Yes, there is an international actor that has a clear responsibility, which is Israel. Because Pegasus is supervised by the government of Israel and according to the information that has been published, the NSO company does not spy without the authorization of the Government”, he recounted. Bolaños has made him ugly that he has made "very serious accusations against third states." “I have to tell you that your intervention is based on suppositions, interpretations and conjectures”, affirmed the minister, who throughout the appearance has insisted that the deputies go to official information in these cases.

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