Amnesty Stands By Pegasus Project Findings, Rejects “False Rumours”

Amnesty Stands By Pegasus Project Findings, Rejects “False Rumours”

Amnesty Stands By Pegasus Project Findings, Rejects 'False Rumours'

Amnesty put out assertion “in response to false on social media” linked to Pegasus Project

New Delhi:

Amnesty International stated at present it “categorically stands by Pegasus Project findings” and rejected “false rumors pushed on social media”.

The clarification got here as experiences and social media posts instructed the human rights physique had denied saying {that a} leaked record of cellphone numbers was linked to the Israeli NSO Group’s Pegasus spy ware.

Amnesty stated it was placing out the assertion “in response to false on social media and inaccurate media tales” linked to the Pegasus Project.

“Amnesty International categorically stands by the findings of the Pegasus Project, and that the information is irrefutably linked to potential targets of NSO Group’s Pegasus spy ware. The false rumors being pushed on social media are meant to distract from the widespread illegal concentrating on of journalists, activists and others that the Pegasus Project has revealed,” the assertion stated.

Earlier, an Israeli media report had quoted Amnesty as saying that the record was of numbers of curiosity to NSO prospects, or “the form of individuals NSO purchasers may wish to spy on”.

“Amnesty and the investigative journalists and media retailers they work with have made clear from the outset in very clear language that it is a record of numbers marked as numbers of curiosity to NSO prospects, which means they’re the form of individuals NSO purchasers may wish to spy on,” a press release cited within the report had stated.

“The record comprises the form of individuals NSO’s purchasers would ordinarily be serious about spying on, however the record is not particularly a listing of people that have been spied on — although a really small subset of individuals on the record have been certainly spied on, ” the report quoted Amnesty as saying.

The assertion was extensively shared on social media, and reported on by different media homes, with supporters of the ruling BJP utilizing it to discredit experiences by The Wire, Washington Post and different media organizations which can be a part of the “Pegasus Project”.

Over the previous few days, these experiences have revealed, citing a leaked NSO database, that the numbers of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and different opposition politicians, ballot strategist Prashant Kishor, two union ministers, Trinamool Congress chief Abhishek Banerjee and a few 40 journalists have been chosen as potential targets of snooping. There are 300 numbers in India however no proof that every one numbers have been hacked.

The authorities has denied any function in snooping. There is not any substance to the experiences of spying, stated new IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in parliament on Monday, hours earlier than he was revealed to be one of many potential targets.

Yesterday, NSO — which claims it provides its software program solely to “vetted” governments for management of terrorism and crime — repeated that the record is “not a listing of targets or potential targets of Pegasus. The numbers within the record will not be associated to NSO group. Any declare {that a} identify within the record is essentially associated to a Pegasus goal or Pegasus potential goal is inaccurate and false”.

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