The former Home Secretary in the government of Enrique Peña who did not know about the purchase of Pegasus, software used for espionage.
Mexico City, July 21 (however) .– Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, former Secretary of the Interior, denied this during the administration ofand Enrique Peña Nieto the software will be used Pegasus because of espionage,
“I do not recognize any espionage system, I repeat, we prosecute criminals and the authorization of a judge was always asked for the relevant follow-up, and the Cisen did it or the corresponding areas did it. Since then there is no place to commenting on espionage on my part, I have nothing of what, ‘he told the media after an event at the former Senate headquarters of the Republic in the Historic Center.
The PRI member assured that he did not know about the Pegasus purchase because the Cisen were operating with a different system.
“I have no knowledge of having this system, in the Cisen they had another system in which they worked. I had several meetings there, but of course it worked within the framework of the law and with judicial orders, “so. The systems that were treated when I was in the secretariat were in that sense and I had no knowledge of the purchase of another or the purchase of this system to which it refers”, he added ta.
Osorio Chong has been the Enrique Peña Nieto’s Secretary of State since January 2013, when, thanks to changes in the Home Office’s internal regulations, he gave Hidalgo’s ex-governor 41 appointments, including those ‘ corresponded with the defunct Secretariat of the Federal Public Security (SSP), created during the six-year term of Vicente Fox Quesada, and control of the Cisen.
In addition, Osorio also assumed the most important leadership in the federal cabinet, because in accordance with the powers conferred on him at the time, he was the one responsible for coordinating, in accordance with the President of the Republic. , the Secretaries of State and other officials of the federal public administration.
La Segob, in charge of the PRI and today senator of the Republic, had all control over the security organizations of the country. Now, however, the Hidalgo denies that the Cisen spied on civilians unrelated to organized crime or that the organization used the controversial Pegasus software.
In 2017, it was reported that several journalists, activists and human rights defenders were spied on by Pegasus, a program purchased by federal government offices and half a dozen states in the country.
Given the criticisms and complaints of various social organizations, President Enrique Peña Nieto ordered the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (now the FGR) to investigate the alleged use of such programs, although he assured that his government did not used to spy on ordinary citizens.
Former Attorney General Arely Gómez, now Secretary of the Public Function, acknowledged that the PGR had the program, but maintained that it was always used during its term of office in accordance with the legal framework.
Under the terms of sale of the Pegasus program, governments can only use it to spy on suspected terrorist cases and prosecute criminals, such as drug cartels.
Personalities such as the journalist Carmen Aristegui and the director of the Prodh Center, Mario Patron, are some of those who were spied on by Pegasus.
ESPIONAGE WITH FCH AND EPN: SANTIAGO NIETO
Santiago Nieto Castillo, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), said this morning that the spying on sophisticated equipment and software began with Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and continued with Enrique Peña Nieto, and that there were also purchases from governments such as Veracruz . And that of the state of Mexico.
From the National Palace, Nieto Castillo presented an extensive study to the Unit indicating that at least two companies received public resources and transferred to accounts abroad, particularly in Israel and the United States.
He first pointed out that “Grupo Tech Bull is a company with facade characteristics”, which was founded by Balam Seguridad Privada SA the CV and that it “contracted in 2014 with the office of the Advocate General, in particular with Mr. Tomás Zero of Lucio [hoy prófugo en Israel], Chief Executive Officer of the Criminal Investigation Agency, Pegasus software, Pegasus malware, for the purpose of telephone espionage ”.
“This is a $ 32 million contract, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, to which it ended up transferring the resources. It should be noted that this is not the first case reported in Mexico of the acquisition of malware. The first case comes back to the administration of Felipe Calderón and has to do with hiring Genero García Luna [hoy preso en Estados en espera de su juicio por narcotráfico] he made the Weinberg companies able to contract the NiceTrack software, ”the official discovered.
At a press conference, he explained that the contracts with the series of companies linked to Grupo Tech Bull and Balam Seguridad Privada date back to 2012 in Mexico, also during the administration of Felipe Calderón. It did not specify if the Pegasus service was contracted at that time.
“Grupo Tech Bull is a company with a short period of integration that is starting to receive large amounts of resources from federal government concentrator accounts, from recognized companies in the security field,” said Santiago Nieto.
Through a network of companies, Nieto continued, resources were sent to Israel and Italy.
“Not only are these amounts unequal, but also the fact that these accounts work with federal government concentration accounts with much higher amounts, which implies the existence of acts of corruption or at least presumably by selling them at a premium to the government. of the Republic. the year 2012 to 2018 ”, he pointed out.
Report on Pegasus
Regarding the hiring periods, he added that they vary from 2012 to 2018 and belong both to the PGR but also to decentralized prevention agencies and state governments such as Veracruz.