Spanish Government Sources Reject Baseless Accusations against Morocco on Pegasus Affair

Spanish government sources rejected the unfounded allegations against Morocco or any other country in connection with the use of the Pegasus software. 

Spanish news agency Agencia EFE stated, on Wednesday, that several Spanish government sources reject the unfounded allegations against Morocco or any other country in connection with the use of the Pegasus software. 

The Spanish news agency, Agencia EFE, stated that these government sources described as “mere speculation” all attempts to accuse a third country, especially Morocco, of using Pegasus on officials from the Spanish Government, particularly the Spanish Prime Minister or the Ministers of Interior, Defense, and Agriculture.  

On which basis were such accusations made? Questioned the same sources, noting that the Pegasus spying accusations against several countries have been the subject of legal and scientific criticism.

In this context, US cybersecurity expert Jonathan Scott pointed to “methodological and scientific flaws” inherent in the approach taken by Citizen Lab, Amnesty International, and Forbidden Stories that led to the adoption of conclusions that “are closer to allegations than science” regarding the alleged use of the Pegasus spyware by some countries.

Scott, who published a report entitled “Exonerating Morocco – Disproving the Spyware” on February 18, had stated that Citizen Lab’s allegations are “totally unfounded” and “lack the most basic elements of scientific proof.”

On a similar note, American attorney for the New York Bar, Tor Ekeland, previously asserted that the alleged evidence provided by the aforementioned organizations is “inadmissible” by the US federal court, as it was based on “junk science.”

A US court first examines the scientific evidence to decide if it meets the principle of reproducibility,” said Ekeland, stressing that the Citizen Lab results are not reproducible, describing this fact as a “red flag.” 

For his part, New-York based Canadian lawyer, Michael Hassard, specializing in computer science, explained that when scientific evidence is submitted, it can often be subject to confirmation bias. 

Hassard also noted that scientific methods of analyzing evidence in the cybersecurity and IT fields are relatively new and far from flawless.

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