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Dalai Lama’s close aides listed as potential targets of Pegasus: Report

The top group of advisers to the Dalai Lama and several leaders of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) are listed as potential targets of the Israeli spyware Pegasus, an international media association reported on Thursday.

In a continuing series of reports on revelations from an international collaborative journalistic investigation called the Pegasus Project, The Wire has reported that the phone numbers of several people close to Dubai Princess Sheikha Latifa, who were captured by Indian troops in 2018, were put on a list. were added. potential targets for surveillance

According to a report in The Guardian, the phone numbers of top advisers to the Dalai Lama are believed to have been selected by government clients of the NSO Group as people of interest.

“The analysis strongly indicates that the Indian government was selecting potential targets. The other phone numbers explicitly chosen by Delhi were employees of the office of the chairman of the government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, another Buddhist spiritual leader, the Gyalwang Karmapa. , and many other activists and clerics who are part of the exile community in India,” it claimed.

Senior advisers to the Dalai Lama whose numbers appear in the data include Tempa Tsering, the spiritual leader’s longtime envoy in Delhi, and senior aides Tenzin Takla and Chimay Rigzen, as well as Samdhong Rinpoche, the trust’s head of the Buddhist leader. has been entrusted with the task of overseeing the selection of his successor,” the report said.

Pegasus spyware was created by Israeli technology firm NSO.

The government has rubbished reports of Pegasus software being used to spy on Indians, saying the allegations made just ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament were aimed at “maligning Indian democracy”.

In a separate report by The Wire, phone numbers of several top leaders of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isaac Muivah), NSCN(IM), were added to a list of people believed to be an Indian client. were generated by. Israeli spyware company.

“Following the August 2015 framework agreement, which aims to resolve the six-decade-old Naga political issue, the NSCN(IM) is in talks with the Modi government for details of the final agreement. The top NSCN(IM) in the middle The leaders whose phone numbers have been found in the leaked database are Atem Vasham, Apam Muivah, Anthony Shimre and Phunthing Shimrang.

“Leaked records also show that Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) convener N Kitowi Zhimomi, with whom the Modi government has also been in talks since late 2017 to find a solution to the Naga issue, has been identified as a potential The candidate was selected for monitoring by the end of 2017,” the Wire report said.

In another report, The Wire said, after Princess Sheikha Latifa fled Dubai, where her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the ruler of her closest relatives and friends, her telephone number was a military-grade one. were added to the list of potential targets. spyware

“Her number was linked just before Latifah’s escape, but she left her phone in Dubai before leaving for Oman. UAE authorities had several methods of surveillance, but an analysis of a leaked database shows her The impact of the escape coincides with the inclusion of several numbers related to Latifah in the list of possible Pegasus targets,” the report said.

The Wire published the reports in collaboration with 16 other international publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian and Le Monde, the media partner for an investigation conducted by Paris-based media non-profit organization Forbidden Stories and rights group Amnesty International.

The investigation focused on a leaked list of more than 50,000 phone numbers from around the world that were believed to have been the target of surveillance through Israeli surveillance company NSO Group’s Pegasus software.

(Only the title and image in this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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