Former Mexican Minister denies knowledge of Pegasus spying program

Mexico's ex-Minister of the Interior under Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, on Wednesday denied having any knowledge of the acquisition and deployment of the Pegasus spying program.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In statements to several media, Osorio Chong claimed to be unaware of any espionage system: "we monitored criminals and always requested the
authorization of a judge to be able to perform the corresponding surveillance, and it was conducted by the CISEN (Center for Investigation and National Security) or by the relevant agencies."

Last Sunday, an investigation by an international media consortium uncovered that governments of several countries spied on 50,000 telephones through the Pegasus program, developed by an Israeli company, of which 15,000 cases occurred in Mexico during the Peña Nieto administration.

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