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Vol 62 No 16

Published 5th August 2021


Spy chiefs on manoeuvres

Rival security agencies and factions are battling for influence in both Rabat and Algiers, feeding worsening regional tensions

The recent media reports suggesting Moroccan security services were using the Pegasus spyware by Israel's NSO – possibly with the financial support of the United Arab Emirates – to bug the phones of French President Emmanuel Macron and King Mohammed VI (M6) created headlines too big even for the Moroccan press to ignore. Rabat's blanket denials, and the expensive array of lawyers being lined up to contest the investigative consortium's claims in Paris, have done little to calm the storm.

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