As the espionage scandal spreads through an Israeli program, the French newspaper “Le Monde” reveals that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, requested spying on politicians and media professionals in Lebanon. who are they?
She said French newspaper “Le Monde”Today, Monday, the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, requested spying, through the “Pegasus” program of the Israeli company, “NSO”, on “Lebanese politicians and media professionals, including the President of the Lebanese Republic, Michel Aoun.”
The newspaper added, in a report published today, that figures from the political and media classes in Lebanon, namely: former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, head of the Free Patriotic Movement Gibran Bassil, and Director General of Lebanese Public Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim, were targeted by spying on them on behalf of Saudi Arabia and the UAE between 2018 and 2019.
The newspaper pointed out that bin Salman also asked to spy on “Hezbollah’s deputies, Hassan Fadlallah and Ali Fayyad.” He also requested “spying on the Governor of the Banque du Liban, Riad Salameh, and the former Minister of Finance, Ali Hassan Khalil.”
The newspaper pointed out that “Saudi Arabia and the UAE asked to spy on two journalists, Ghassan Ben Jeddo and Ibrahim Al-Amin.”
According to the newspaper, the Pegasus program can pull content from the smartphone, including messages exchanged on applications such as WhatsApp and Signal, and it can also open the microphone inside the device.
It is worth noting that the Israeli company “NSO Group” is developing the “Pegasus” spyware program.
And today, Human rights organisations, the media, the European Union and several governments have denounced them What was revealed by reports of espionage operations worldwide, targeting activists and journalists, through the “Pegasus” program.
In January 2020, the Washington Post, in an extensive investigation, said that the UAE and Saudi Arabia Spying on journalists and activists in London and Qatar, By the Israeli “Pegasus” program.