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Spanish minister affirms that espionage has no place in democracy

Spanish minister affirms that espionage has no place in democracy

Madrid, May 6 (Prensa Latina) Spain's Consumer Affairs Minister Alberto Garzon on Friday considered unacceptable to use espionage in democracy, while at the same time he described to do so against pro-independence supporters as illegitimate.

Garzon told reporters at the end of an event at the Complutense University of Madrid that Thursday’s appearance of Paz Esteban, director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI), at the Congressional Official Secrets Commission is extremely serious and worrying.

“It is not legitimate to investigate and spy on opposition leaders; it is something that does not fit in democracy”, emphasized the minister, who is a member of Izquierda Unida (IU) and a legislator.

After inaugurating the events “Board game as a tool for speech therapy and psychology,” organized by the Complutense University, Garzon pointed out that this matter has a “very harmful effect for democracy and any democrat” should ask for an exhaustive investigation, to clarify what has happened, what has been the trigger for this action.”

The CNI director admitted in her speech, which was not supposed to transcend, that about 20 Catalan pro-independence supporters were spied on with legal compliance.

In Parliament, Esteban did not offer information about the attacks on the cell phones of President of the Government Pedro Sanchez and Defense Minister Margarita Robles, all carried out by the Israeli program Pegasus, which only States can possibly acquire.

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