The independence movement reacted today with the maximum force against the central government after the publication by the North American magazine The New Yorker that some sixty pro-independence leaders were spied on between 2017 and 2020. Among the politicians who had their phones tapped through the Israeli-made Pegasus software, which can only be purchased by state governments, are the last presidents of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, Quim Torra and Pere Aragonès. The Tarragonans Ferran Bel and Albert Batet also appear.
The name of Carles Puigdemont does not appear in the magazine’s information, but everyone around him does, from his lawyers, to his wife and his closest collaborators.
In total there are more than 60 people, including the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, and her predecessor, Roger Torrent, as well as the leaders of the ANC and Òmnium or two leaders of EH Bildu such as Arnaldo Otegi and Jon Iñarritu. Puigdemont spoke that we are facing a “new GAL”.
“They persecute us by land, sea and air,” according to Borràs. The current president of the Generalitat, who would have been spied on during his time as vice president, during Quim Torra’s mandate, demanded “transparency” from the central government, “assumption of responsibilities” and “go to the end”.
The Catalan Government in full will appear this afternoon from the Palau de la Generalitat to assess the “espionage case”. From Brussels, Puigdemont and Oriol Junqueras, along with other “victims of this plot”, will announce the measures they plan to adopt.