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T&T PM to Kamla: Spyware is for the criminal elements

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(Trinidad Guardian) Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has rubbished claims by the Opposition United National Congress that the Government has been spying on citizens.

Speaking at a People’s National Movement political meeting at the Diego Martin South Community Centre last night, however, the Prime Minister admitted that software had been purchased for use by the Strategic Services Agency (SSA) but it was being used to monitor the activities of criminals and not law-abiding citizens.

During a political meeting on Monday night, Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar accused the Government of using the Israeli-developed Pegasus spyware to monitor a number of people, including journalists, members of the Judiciary, sitting members of the Parliament and even former Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi.

Last night, the Prime Minister hit back, saying Monday was not the first time Persad-Bissessar had accused the PNM of spying on her.

“All of a sudden, Trinidad and Tobago is North Korea…and why would she do that? This is not the first time, I want to remind Trinidad and Tobago, that was the Opposition, of it, there was a Prime Ministerial version of that. When she came into office in 2010, one of the first things she did was to destroy the security systems of this country by claiming she was being spied on,” Rowley said.

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