Reports of large-scale surveillance of diplomats, political dissidents, journalists, senior government officials are likely to emerge from a host of national and international publications, all leading to Pegasus, Israeli-made spyware according to a tweet by Subramanian Swamy.
NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm behind the technology for Pegasus was previously accused by WhatsApp in 2019 for the same reason.
In 2019, The Indian Express had reported that “two dozen academics, lawyers, Dalit activists and journalists in India” had been snooped on using Pegasus.
Now, more than 18 months after the initial expose, Pegasus is back in the news and in scenes that are not common in India, both Subramanian Swamy, the firebrand BJP leader, and Karti P Chidambaram, the son of P Chidambaram and a nemesis of Swamy, tweeted about this news.
Swamy said, “Strong rumour that this evening IST, Washington Post & London Guardian are publishing a report exposing the hiring of an Israeli firm Pegasus, for tapping phones of Modi’s Cabinet Ministers, RSS leaders, SC judges, & journalists. If I get this confirmed I will publish the list.”
Karti Chidambaram’s tweet was much shorter: “A little birdie tells me that Pegasus is going to be explosive” he tweeted.