Jarosław Kaczyński, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and the country’s de facto leader, confirmed that the government has the Pegasus hacking software system but denied it had been used against opposition politicians in the 2019 parliamentary election campaign.
“It would be bad if the Polish services did not have this type of tool,” Kaczyński said in an interview with the right-wing Sieci weekly, published Friday. This is the first time a high-level PiS politician has confirmed that the government is in possession of the system. Until now, party and government officials have downplayed or rejected such a possibility. Last month, Kaczyński denied knowing anything about the malware.
“After a series of lies by PiS politicians, it was finally possible to squeeze the truth out of J. Kaczyński,” tweeted Krzysztof Brejza, who headed the campaign of the opposition Civic Platform in 2019.