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Saudi Arabia and UAE deny Pegasus spyware allegations

Phone hacking. Illustrative. (Ali Kerem Yücel/iStockPhoto)
Phone hacking. Illustrative. (Ali Kerem Yücel/iStockPhoto)

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates dismiss allegations that they used Israeli-supplied Pegasus spyware to spy on journalists and human rights activists.

A statement by the UAE’s Foreign Ministry says “allegations… claiming that the UAE is amongst a number of countries accused of alleged surveillance targeting journalists and individuals have no evidentiary basis.”

Saudi Arabia’s official SPA news agency reports that “a Saudi official denied the recent allegations reported in media outlets that an entity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia used software to monitor phone calls.”

“The source added that such allegations are untrue, and that KSA’s policies do not condone such practices,” the report adds.

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