Mamata Banerjee asks the Center to investigate the case of spying on WhatsApp
CALCUTE: prime minister Mamata Banerjee On Saturday, he said the Center should investigate the WhatsApp by admitting that Indian journalists and human rights activists were spied on by unidentified entities used by Israeli spyware.
He reiterated the accusation that his telephone was being regularly intervened by the union government.
She criticized the role of the central government in the spy row and claimed that she was fully aware of the security breach on the messaging platform.
Banerjee described the problem as very serious and said he will ask the Prime Minister Narendra Modi To investigate the matter.
My phone is intervened, I know because I have the information and I have the evidence with me. The government knows it because they are the ones doing it. This is happening at the behest of the central government and of two or three states governments. I will not name the states, but one is a state ruled by BJP, he said.
Previously also on several occasions, Banerjee had claimed that his phone was being operated by central agencies.
The supreme of the Trinamool Congress also claimed that espionage is being practiced in the country and described the current situation as quite serious.
Where is our freedom of expression? What independence are we living in now that we can't even speak today (freely on the phone). Even if we are talking, they are being intervened and someone is listening to them, Banerjee told reporters.
Nothing is certain now, not even WhatsApp. Before, we thought WhatsApp could not be intercepted. But now not even WhatsApp has been saved. Neither landlines nor mobile phones are safe. There is a total spying in progress (in the country)
This is a very serious matter. I will ask the Prime Minister to investigate the matter, Banerjee said.
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, said Thursday that Indian journalists and human rights activists were among those who were spied globally by unidentified entities using Israeli spyware Pegasus.
WhatsApp said it was suing NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance firm, which is reportedly behind the technology that helped unidentified entities spy on hacking phones of approximately 1,400 users.
These users span four continents and include diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.
WhatsApp has more than 1.5 billion users worldwide, of which India represents around 400 million.