Espionage to Pegasus Software: Polish opposition denounces an infringement of electoral process

A senatorial commission has been put in place to shed light on cases of espionage representatives of the opposition, particularly in election period.


Three weeks after the first revelations in Poland, shortly before Christmas, on the power of the PEGASUS spyware, the scandal does not stop to embarrass the national conservative majority of PIS (law and justice), in power in Warsaw. According to the information from the Canadian Research Center Citizen Lab, confirmed by Amnesty International, the telephones of two eminent representatives of the democratic opposition, as well as that of a magistrate, have been hacked using the software of Israeli company NSO Group, a particularly sophisticated tool of infiltration of smartphones.

In an interview on the weekly Providenemental WSIECI, Monday, January 10, the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the majority of the majority, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, admitted that the Polish intelligence services were in possession of the software, however, denies its use for political purposes. But in a country where the government is pointing to its recurring attacks on the principles of the rule of law, the case seems particularly serious: Poland would be the second state of the European Union, after Hungary, to use the controversial software, and the only one, where it would have been used against representatives of the political opposition, which is more in election.

In cause, the particularly sensitive profile of two of the target people. Senator Krzysztof Brejza, member of the Civic Platform, the first opposition party, saw his phone hacking thirty-three occasions between April and October 2019, while he was the head of campaign of his party for European and legislative elections. The intrusions began a month before the European election and ceased a few days after the legislative elections. And even if the person concerned was the subject of suspicion – abandoned since – in a minor case of false invoices, this argument, advanced by Mr. Kaczynski to justify these plays, did not convince a great world.

“Polish Watergate”

All the more more than some SMS stolen on Mr. Brejza’s phone found themselves at the heart of a denigration campaign orchestrated by public television, a few weeks before the legislative election. “Everything seems to indicate that it was an operation of concerting between the intelligence services, using the Pegasus software, and the chief propagandists of power. These are particularly dirty methods, which have nothing to do with The standards of a democratic state, entrusts the world Mr. Brejza. Beyond the attacks on my person, it is especially the citizens who have been deprived of a process of free and unsustainable elections. “From the Opinion of several specialists in electoral law, including the former president of the Supreme Court, Adam Stzembosz, if this scandal had emerged at the time, the Polish Supreme Court should have invalidated the outcome of the elections.

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