Updated: July 26, 2021 2:51:10 am
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday raised questions about the financing for the use of Pegasus spyware on Indian targets, and declared that the surveillance software which was being used to snoop on hundreds of people, including opposition politicians, journalists, bureaucrats, civil society activists, and others, heralded the “death of freedom”.
Raut, in a column in Saamana, said that NSO, the Israeli company that owns the Pegasus, claimed it provides software only to the government of a country. “If it is considered as truth, then which government in India purchased software?” he asked.
The Sena MP further claimed that around Rs 300 crore was spent to spy on 300 people in India. “Was so much money spent on it? Who financed it? Who, in our country, has the capacity to spend so much money?” asked Raut.
Raut equated the alleged snooping with the Hiroshima bombing. “The government spies have reached the people’s bedrooms through the phones… Pegasus is no different than the bombing in Hiroshima. People died in Hiroshima and in the Pegasus matter, it has led to the death of freedom,” remarked Raut.
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