By now, news of the Pegasus spying scandal has made its way across the world. And I think that, rather than the Western-oriented outcry which is currently also sweeping the media-sphere, taking a look at India’s situation is quite instructive here in order to garner a more true picture of what’s actually been going on.
In Indian politics at the moment, there is a bit of a scandal because it appears that the government used Pegasus to spy upon the lead Opposition leader.
That’s .. well, that’s understandable to cause outrage in a democracy (we had some degree of experience with this here in New Zealand – although then it was domestic intelligence rather than a foreign actor which was employed).
Except then it turned out that also under surveillance via Pegasus .. was the Indian Government’s own IT Minister.
Now, I do not think – although I shall have to check – that it was his own government spying upon him.
It has also emerged that among Pegasus’ list of users are … quite an array of states, including Pakistan. Is Pakistan using the same service to spy upon the Indian Government as the Indian Government is using to spy on the Indian Opposition?
About the only thing we can say for sure is that the Israeli company which runs Pegasus – and which, contra to their assertions, appears to have had full access to all material collated through its service – has been working with quite an array of regimes, including regimes that are against other regimes it is also working with … and is effectively spying upon everybody, and being paid to do so by those who are also, it would seem, its targets.
A truly masterful setup!
Source: Setting The Agenda – The Daily Blog https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2021/07/22/the-pegasus-proclivity-on-recent-revelations-of-israeli-international-espionage/