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The Pegasus Project part 4: runaway princesses and the UK connection | News


In 2018, Princess Latifa, a daughter of Dubai’s ruler, made a bid for freedom. Together with a Finnish health teacher and a French former spy, she fled the United Arab Emirates.

The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh tells Michael Safi that at the peak of the escape drama, it might probably now be revealed, the cellular numbers for Latifa and a few of her associates again residence appeared on a database at the coronary heart of the Pegasus undertaking knowledge investigation. Latifa was in the end captured by Indian particular forces and returned to Dubai. The UAE described it not as an escape try however as a kidnapping.

The controversial incident was one among the remaining straws for Princess Haya, the sixth spouse of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. She left the UAE after the couple divorced and quickly grew to become enmeshed in a protracted and acrimonious authorized battle in the UK courts for custody of their kids. As the Guardian’s David Pegg stories, the cellphone numbers of Haya, and eight of her shut associates, seem in a dataset believed to point folks of curiosity to a authorities consumer of NSO.

NSO Group says it can not see how its prospects, that are all governments, use its military-grade spyware and adware Pegasus, which is able to secretly infecting a cell phone and then extracting large quantities of information from it. It says Pegasus is just supposed for use to forestall terrorism and severe crime, and that its purchasers signal contracts agreeing to those phrases after they buy a licence.

There had been British numbers in the information, too. One of these was of the human rights lawyer Rodney Dixon QC, and we had been in a position to verify his cellphone. The outcomes weren’t conclusive – there was no profitable an infection – however we did discover suspicious exercise. NSO says it wasn’t technically doable for this cellphone to have been focused. But if folks in London are discovering doable indicators of Pegasus exercise on their telephones is being in the UK any protectionIf folks in London are discovering doable indicators of Pegasus exercise on their telephones, is being in the UK any safety?

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