The head of the Senate, Poland’s upper house of parliament, has asked the interior minister to explain the circumstances that led to the phone of a senator’s wife being hacked so it could send bomb threats.
Several senators have submitted to the upper house a motion to appoint a special committee to investigate the alleged use of Israeli spyware Pegasus for surveillance of opposition figures in Poland.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Law and Justice, the dominant party in the governing coalition, has confirmed that Poland possesses Israeli-made Pegasus spyware but has dismissed accusations that it was used against opposition figures as "complete nonsense."
The Polish justice minister has dismissed allegations that Israeli-made Pegasus spyware was used to hack the phones of opposition figures, calling them a “storm in a tea cup.”
Poland's special services are always legally warranted to conduct their operations, which are also overseen by the general prosecutor and courts, a government official said on Friday referring to allegations that mobile phone spyware was being used against government opponents.
Polish government agencies will scrutinise allegations that the Israeli-made Pegasus mobile phone spying system was used against government opponents, Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister, has said.
The Polish government spokesperson has said there is no reason to create a special body to investigate media reports that opposition figures were spied on with the Pegasus spyware made by Israel's NSO Group.
The Polish prime minister has said media reports of opposition figures being spied on with Israeli-made software must be verified against fake news.
Poland's justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, has said he has "no knowledge of any illegal actions" in a spying scandal involving the hacking of smartphones.
The Polish prime minister has said media reports of opposition figures being spied on with Israeli-made software must be verified before any accusations are made.
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