Paz Estaban, head of the Spanish National Intelligence Centre (CNI), has been sacked for reportedly using Pegasus spyware to spy on leaders of the Catalan independence movement.
Estaban and the CNI were also criticised for failing to prevent the phones of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and other high ranking officials from being infected by Pegasus spyware.
Defence Minister Margarita Robles, one of those targeted by the initial spyware campaign, told reporters:
“Of course there are security flaws and there will continue to be, because it’s one of the prices we pay for the technology. ”