The expected declassification of the Spanish government
Recently, the Spanish government has carried out the declassification of relevant information related to the espionage of the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, through the controversial Pegasus program. The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, has recognized that only the essential has been revealed in this process, generating various reactions and criticism.
Discontent over unfulfilled expectations
Parties such as Esquerra Republicana have shown their disappointment with the declassified documents, arguing that they have not met previous expectations. Francesc-Marc Álvaro, ERC deputy, has criticized the minister for creating expectations without satisfying them.
A partial process and its context
The partial declassification of the documents took place ten days ago, following the request of the judge in charge of the case investigating the use of Pegasus against Aragonés and 17 other independence leaders. This action occurs two months after the indictment of Paz Esteban, former director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI), who will be questioned soon. During her appearance, Minister Robles made it clear that only the essential and unrestricted content has been declassified to allow Esteban to respond to the questions asked. In addition, she has stressed that all use of Pegasus had judicial authorization.
Demands and questions
Esquerra Republicana insists on the need to clarify this case and warns Pedro Sánchez’s government that its lack of collaboration could be interpreted as an obstacle at the judicial level. In this sense, the question arises as to why Spain has not followed the same diplomatic path as France to address this issue with Israel, a country related to the accusations about Pegasus. This position has also been supported by Bildu, receiving the support of deputy Jon Iñarritu, who pointed out that the Spanish government has not provided all the information requested by the judge.
The CUP continues its fight for declassification
On the other hand, the CUP has once again submitted a request to the Court of Instruction 32 of Barcelona to request the declassification of CNI documents related to the espionage of Carles Riera, CUP deputy in Parliament, as well as former deputies Albert Botran and David Fernàndez. The anti-capitalists highlight that they already submitted a similar request in April 2022, which was left unresolved by the judge. Subsequently, they appealed to the Provincial Court and the Sixth Section, who ruled in favor of their request.