Amnesty says it never claimed list was ‘NSO Pegasus Spyware List’

Amnesty is saying they were very clear from the start that the list was *not* a list of NSO spying targets. But their tweets were not clear about that at all.

Written by July 22, 2021 09:20
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New Delhi: Amnesty said it never claimed the list was NSO Pegasus Spyware List.  Amnesty said that the list contains the kind of people NSO’s clients would ordinarily be interested in spying on, but the list isn’t specifically a list of people who were spied on.

“Amnesty International has never presented this list as an ‘NSO Pegasus Spyware List’, although some of the world’s media may have done so..list indicative of the interests of the company’s clients”

“Amnesty, and the investigative journalists and media outlets they work with have made clear from the outset in very clear language that this is a list of numbers marked as numbers of interest to NSO customers” – meaning they are the kind of ppl NSO clients might like to spy on.

So, Amnesty is essentially saying now that the list contains the kind of people NSO’s clients would ordinarily be interested in spying on, but the list isn’t specifically a list of people who were spied on — though a very small subset of people on the list was indeed spied on.

Amnesty is saying they were very clear from the start that the list was *not* a list of NSO spying targets. But their tweets were not clear about that at all.

This comes after the names of over 40 Indian journalists appeared on the leaked list of potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified agency using Pegasus spyware, according to a report published in The Wire on Sunday.

According to the report, the journalists who were targeted work for some news organisations in the country including Hindustan Times, The Hindu, India Today, Indian Express and Network18. Many of them cover matters related to Defence, Home Ministry, Election Commission and Kashmir among others.

 

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