Amnesty International calls the results of the Pegasus Project “false rumours.” Amnesty International stated on Thursday that it supports the Pegasus Project’s conclusions and that the data is “irrefutably connected” to possible targets of NSO Group’s Pegasus malware.
According to the human rights organisation, Amnesty never said that the leaked list precisely includes the numbers of people who were targeted by the Pegasus malware.
It stated that the “false rumours” being circulated on social media are meant to divert attention away from the Pegasus Project’s revelations of widespread illegal targeting of journalists, activists, and others.
“Amnesty International unequivocally supports the Pegasus Project’s conclusions, and believes that the data is inextricably connected to possible targets of NSO Group’s Pegasus malware. The false rumours being circulated on social media are designed to divert attention away from the extensive illegal targeting of journalists, activists, and others exposed by the Pegasus Project “According to a statement issued by Amnesty International.
A worldwide investigation published last week by 17 media organisations alleged that NSO-developed Israeli malware was used to target the phones of politicians, journalists, government officials, and human rights activists.
Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based journalistic charity, and Amnesty International headed the partnership. According to The Wire, a member of the international consortium, the leaked list of “potential targets” for hacking included many prominent Indian names, including former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, BJP ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and Prahlad Singh Patel, former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa, and poll strategist Prashant Kishor.