The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragoneshas threatened this Wednesday the head of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, with withdraw parliamentary support from ERC if he does not give explanations for the alleged espionage on independence leaders through the Pegasus system and there is no assumption of responsibility for it.
The messages sent by the central Executive that he has had nothing to do with and has nothing to hide in this alleged cyber-espionage by the Pegasus system have not been enough for the ‘president’, who has insisted on the need to see face to face with Sánchez.
Only by receiving explanations and assuming responsibilities does he think it possible to try to recover a confidence that sees “very damaged” and that Moncloa sources have reiterated that they intend to restore after having given “unequivocal signs” of their willingness to dialogue throughout the legislature.
“We can have a lot of patience, but if there is no assumption of responsibilities, it will be very difficult for this parliamentary stability to continue. How and in what form, we will have to see in the coming days and weeks what steps the Spanish Government is taking,” Aragonès warned in an interview on RAC1.
Therefore, it puts on the table the possibility that the ERC withdraws the support it is giving Sánchez in Parliament during the legislature, and that could entail a similar decision by other political formations that have been allies until now.
He puts the focus on the CNI and asks for a parliamentary commission
The president of the Generalitat, who has put the focus on the National Intelligence Center (CNI) Considering “plain evidence” that he is responsible for the espionage, he has announced that will travel to Madrid this Thursday to meet with representatives of the parties that have been spied onincluding ERC, Junts, EH Bildu and the CUP.
All of them have signed a petition for Congress to create a parliamentary inquiry committeea request to which other allies of the Government have joined, such as the PNV, Más País, Compromís and BNG, and even the PSOE’s partner in the Executive, United We Can.
The General Secretary of Podemos and Minister of Social Rights, Ione Belarra, has urged to investigate “in all areas” and “to the bottom of the matter” to purge responsibilities and leave “no shadow of a doubt.”
Along these lines, the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz, has defended that there be transparencybut has summoned to know the explanations that the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, will give shortly in Congress.
But he will not be able to give them to the commission that controls official secrets since it is not constituted due to crossed vetoes between right and left parties.
Robles insists that the CNI “acts legally”
Robles herself has expressed her wish that this commission be constituted so that it can be discussed “without any reservation” clearly, while the pro-independence parties demand urgency so that it becomes effective (as the PSOE also defends) and they can give explanations in the same ministers and responsible or former leaders of the CNI.
Given this, Margarita Robles yes has guaranteed that the CNI fully complies with the law and their actions are subject to authorization and judicial controlbut not confirmed or denied if it has the Pegasus program since it would be acting against the law, he said.
In the midst of this debate, the former director of the CNI until 2019, Felix Sanz Roldanhas warned that explanations about the alleged espionage or about the role of the center can only be given in the specific areas of control of this body.
Oriol Junqueraspresident of ERC, has demanded that the Government “not excuse itself” behind the Official Secrets Lawand Aragonès has insisted on discussing the matter in person with Sánchez, with whom he has claimed to have already maintained contact through telephone messages in which the socialist leader expressed his desire to redirect the situation.
Minister Maroto sees a good relationship with the Generalitat
But Aragonès expects facts in a next meeting that will not be during the presence of the ‘president’ this Thursday in Madrid, due, among other reasons, to reasons of Sánchez’s agenda. According to Aragonès, the head of the Executive had planned to have traveled to Barcelona this Wednesday for the inauguration of a center of the Catalan company Wallbox, which was finally attended by the Minister of Industry, Reyes Marotto.
Maroto has exposed as an example of the good institutional relationship between both administrations to have coincided in that act with Aragonès.
Another member of the Government, the Minister of Culture and Sport, miquel icetahas described as “unacceptable” any intervention of private communications that does not have judicial coverage.
Given the alleged espionage, the Catalan Ombudsman in office, Rafael Ribó, has decided open an ex officio actionwhile the president of the Parliament, Laura Borràs, has called for the resignation of Sánchez and the ministers of the Interior and Defense, Fernando Grande-Marlaska and Margarita Robles, respectively.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.