17 Soros-linked media outlets around the world are pushing an unconfirmed story that patriotic governments in Hungary, India and elsewhere used Israeli spyware to spy on journalists, as reported by Gateway Pundit. The Israeli firm NSO Group that causes Pegasus spyware to call the report “full of erroneous assumptions and unsubstantiated theories that raise serious questions about the reliability and interests of the sources.”
Writing in About HungaryHungarian government spokesman Zolán Kovács contrasted the media response to the Pegasus story with his response to Tucker Carlson’s allegations that the NSA is spying on him:
On Sunday night, a left-wing media group led by The Guardian released the story that, according to a “leaked” database of phone numbers, they could “prove” that certain governments, including Hungary, have employed software called “Pegasus,” developed by the Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, and, according to reporters, has been used to “spy” on critical journalists and political opponents.
The first problem with the “scandal”, according to Interior Minister Sándor Pintér, is that since Prime Minister Orbán’s government took power from the Socialists in 2010, there has been no illegal surveillance in Hungary. And the results of the monitoring protocols support this fact. The minister added that Hungary is a democratic state where the rule of law prevails, so it acts in accordance with current regulations when deciding on actions in individual cases. Period.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the Hungarian left-wing daily Népszava yesterday, Justice Minister Judit Varga pointed to the obvious fact that states must have the necessary tools to combat the many threats they face today. And this includes preserving the ability to protect a country against questionable efforts by foreign secret services and their agents or actions aimed at undermining the constitutional order. Those who claim otherwise are simply naive.
Then there’s the not-so-small problem that this all boils down to unsubstantiated claims. We read references to “leaked” lists and so forth, but it seems there is nothing but unsubstantiated claims.
A few weeks ago, a prominent American television news personality, Tucker Carlson, citing an anonymous source, claimed that the United States National Security Agency was monitoring his electronic communications. The media immediately demanded that Carlson submit more than one anonymous source to back up his claim.
Wouldn’t it be great if the media in this case demanded a similar level of proof as well, or even just asked some tough questions about this “leaked” data? But the bomb accusations are against Hungary and the government of Prime Minister Orbán, so the media just swallows it without question and runs with the pack.