NOURNEWS - For the first time, a Saudi official has reacted to allegations that the regime is using Israeli spyware Pegasus against its opponents, saying: "These allegations are baseless, and the Saudi policy does not allow to use such tools." Saudi state radio and television broadcast the quote from a government official, without mentioning the Saudi court's black record in dealing with civil society activists and political critics, saying that the country had not bought or used the malware. According to Nournews, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has published the news of his bleaching project in the eyes of the world's public opinion after khashoggi's heinous murder, as well as his alleged reform project in Saudi Arabia based on the 2030 document, has stressed to government officials and media that this issue could be denied in any way possible. A few days ago, Amnesty International and the non-governmental organization Forbidden Stories reported on the sale of Pegasus spyware belonging to the Israeli company NSO to some countries for use against human rights activists, journalists and even government officials. The report said that in addition to the 189 journalists and more than 600 political figures in the world who had been preyed upon by the malware, the Saudi regime had also used it to spy on two women close to Jamal Khashoggi. According to the Guardian, Tel Aviv explicitly authorized the NSO to sell Riyadh spyware equipment to Riyadh in 2017, and in the same year, representatives of the company met with officials. High-ranking Saudi intelligence officials met in Vienna, Cyprus and Riyadh.
BY: Pooya Mirzaei