The Commission on Official Secrets began work in Congress with the appearance of CNI director Paz Esteban to clarify political espionage and with doubts from pro-independence parties such as the ERC and Bildu who want to know who ordered it, although they have not pinned ” high hopes” for the session.
The Reserved Expenses Control Commission chaired by Congress President Meritxell Batet began its work at 9:00 a.m. behind closed doors, with strict security measures and high media expectations, to clear up the political espionage controversy that has been raised by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Minister defense Margarita Robles and dozens of pro-independence leaders.
Representatives of ten parliamentary groups were forced to leave their mobile phones in locked lockers due to the strict secrecy they must keep regarding documents they can be shown by the director of the CNI, who did not want to make press statements about the arrival, before being asked if he feared he is for his position.
Fifty journalists, including photographers and editors, waited outside Mariana Pineda’s room, where the Council of Congressional Spokesmen usually meets after that body meets for the first time in two years to deal with classified information and state secrets obtained from the case. Pegasus.
ERC spokesman Gabriel Rufian said upon arrival at the commission that he expected “nothing” as he thought it “absurd” that she would go through without cameras and then be unable to say “anything about what happened inside.” “As a politician, public spokesman, I can’t be happy with anything that this opacity entails,” added Rufian, who said the key question he’ll ask is whether the espionage started with Pegasus systems from “Morocco or CNI”.
In a similar vein, EH Bildu spokeswoman Merche Aizpurua said they don’t have “high hopes” for the commission in principle, as everything it says is “secret”. “For the first time we are going, we will go, we will listen to what they will tell us, and on the basis of this we will assess the situation,” he said. In terms of issues, he noted that there are “a lot to be cleared up”, such as “who investigated, how they were investigated”.
JxCat spokeswoman Miriam Nogueras also expects “little” from the commission: “Let’s see what they explain to us,” she limited herself to words upon arrival. For his part, Socialist spokesman Hector Gómez hopes the CNI director’s explanation “sheds light” to explain the espionage to politicians as soon as possible.
Edmundo Bal of Ciudadanos once again insisted that “enemies of the state” should not be represented on this commission because they could use the secrets being revealed to “favor instability”, although “he has not the slightest doubt that” that Esteban will not speak of anything that could compromise this security in front of EH Bildu, ERC, CUP or Junts.
Vox spokesman Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros expects this commission to support the director of the CNI and that everything the intelligence services do “is done according to the law.” does not believe that he should take any responsibility for what happened.
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