The Government assures that it will collaborate in the “phase of clarifying the facts” of the espionage carried out against Basque and Catalan independence political leaders through the tool called Pegasus, but it does not clarify whether the president, Pedro Sánchez, has had access to the information derived from this practice.
This Tuesday, the head of the Presidency and Relations with Parliament appeared at the press conference after the Council of Ministers, Felix Bolanoswho is also in charge of the conversations that the Executive maintains with the pro-independence parties about the espionage controversy.
Bolaños has refused to answer the question of whether the leader of the Executive was able to have access to the information derived from the espionage and has insisted that “the Government of Spain is very calm And he has a clear conscience.”
“It is going to guarantee that the Government fully collaborates with the judicial actions that take place, including declassifying information. We are in the clarification phase, and it is about being able to guarantee that democratic institutions work and they have worked with all the guarantees”, defended the Minister of the Presidency.
Bolaños has insisted that the best way for parliamentary groups, especially those affected, to learn about the espionage, is to take the matter to the Official Secrets Commission. Most of these groups, on the other hand, have requested the opening of an investigation commission so that citizens can also learn how this alleged espionage took place, since in the Official Secrets section the information is reserved.
“An investigation commission does not make sense because the people who appeared there could not give any information relying on the official secrets law. But it does make sense in the Official Secrets Commission,” said the head of the Presidency.
The response plan to the war, in the air
Bolaños has not wanted to enter into the “purification of responsibilities” that both United We Can and the parliamentary partners of the Executive have requested. In his opinion, currently “we are in a phase of clarifying the facts in which the Government is going to open all the windows and provide transparency”, but, he added, “I think it is important not to prejudge; let’s go step by step, and the first thing is that we clarify the facts”.
The minister defended the work of the intelligence services, which “in an advanced democracy like Spain serve to save lives and protect citizens silently. This is how it should be and this is how it should continue”, he said, and he has valued that it is the CNI itself that is going to carry out an internal investigation into espionage.
Bolaños has also spoken about the vote that will take place on Thursday in Congress on the plan to respond to the impact of the war. The minister has not confirmed that the Government has the necessary support to carry out the law, after groups such as ERC have warned that they might not support the initiative after the espionage scandal erupted against pro-independence leaders.
The head of the Presidency has recalled that this decree contains measures such as the bonus of 20 cents per liter of gasoline, the reduction of the electricity bill, the cap on the renewal of rents or the improvement of the minimum vital income. “Whoever votes against is harming the citizenry“, has warned.