The human rights group rejected reports that Amnesty never said the leaked list specifically includes numbers of those who were targeted by Pegasus spyware.
He claimed that “false rumors” posted on social media are intended to distract attention from the widespread illegal attacks on journalists, activists and others that Project Pegasus has revealed.
“Amnesty International strongly defends the findings of the Pegasus Project and that the data is irrefutably linked to possible targets of the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. False rumors spread on social media are intended to distract from illegal attacks widespread targeting of journalists and activists and others revealed by the Pegasus Project, “Amnesty International said in a statement.
Last week, a global investigation published by 17 media organizations claimed that Israeli spyware developed by the NSO was used to attack the phones of politicians, journalists, government officials and human rights activists.
The consortium was led by the Paris-based nonprofit journalism organization. Forbidden stories and Amnesty International.
The Wire, part of the international consortium, reported that the leaked list of “potential targets” for piracy included many prominent Indian names, such as the former Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi, BJP Ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and Prahlad Singh Patel, Former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa and Election Strategist Prashant Kishor.
(With tickets from PTI)