Israeli spyware used to monitor colleagues of murdered Mexican Journalist
November 28, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Another haunting evidence resurfaces regarding Mexican Award-Winning Journalist’s assassination that would frighten the freedom of the journalist community in Mexico and around the world. Javier Valdez, a prominent investigative reporter, was shot dead in broad daylight in May last year. According to the report, after the murder of Javier Valdez, his colleagues received a text message saying, Valdez’s killers had been identified and detained.
The message turns out to be doubtful as more than 90 percent of murders go unsolved in Mexico. It was shocking as to how did Mexican law enforcement agencies solved the case so soon. Later, colleagues were educated by Canadian internet watchdog “Citizen Lab” that the text messages were infected by an advanced spyware, a part of a pattern of hacking attempts, which was purchased by the Mexican authorities from Israeli Cyber arms dealers, NGO group.
As Javier Valdez’s murder remained unsolved till date, Ismael Bojorquez believes that Mexican government intentionally tried to use this technology to obtain vital intelligence and clues to the murder of Javier which he and other colleagues are absolutely against. According to the Law, nothing obtained illegally should be used in an investigation and isn’t admissible in court. However, the actual motive behind the text messages isn’t clear. The Mexican government refused the allegation and opened a federal investigation.
The Pegasus spyware is powerful enough to break through encrypted messaging, monitor emails and remotely activate the camera and microphone. The spyware was bought by the Mexican government on the condition that it be used only to target National Security threats like terrorists and criminals, however; the technology is used against independent journalists, human right lawyers and anti-corruption activists in Mexico. Haaretz newspaper reported that NSO group negotiated a multi-million-dollar deal with Saudi Arabia and other countries, which are frequently targeting journalists, to sell its Pegasus software.
The journalism community became aware of such high-tech technology in February 2007, when The New York Times published articles but never imagined that it would be used against their existence.
“Being a journalist is like being on a blacklist,” Javier Valdez said at his book launch last year.
More professional journalists were killed worldwide in connection with their work in the first nine months of 2018 than in all of 2017, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Especially in Mexico, killing a journalist is like “killing nobody”, as it is a recurring event without any hope of justice.
Despite a guarantee of the freedom of expression and focus of informing and educating citizens, journalists have become vulnerable to threats and physical attacks from government agencies and the political class. In consideration of the recent events, Journalists around the world have raised voices on the country’s insincerity to safeguard them. In Europe, Bulgarian Journalist Viktoria Marinova who had been investigating alleged corruption involving EU funds was brutally raped and murdered.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in most of the journalist cases, no perpetrators have been convicted. Some believe the government is also involved in certain cases. One such recent infamous case is journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s case. After the awareness of powerful spyware which was used against Valdez’s colleagues in order to monitor their work, Journalist’s safety and security turns to be the greatest concern among the community.
How journalists would educate the citizens if they live in constant fear? If they can assassinate renowned journalists like Marinova, Khashoggi and Valdez in broad daylight without any sufficient evidence for law enforcement personnel to find their respective perpetrator, then they could kill anyone. The public especially in Mexico is losing confidence in Enrique Peña Nieto’s government and law enforcement agencies. In recent Mexican president’s public event, the public demanded swift justice regarding Valdez and truth behind illegal spying of Valdez’s colleagues. They said, “No more speeches, Justice first.” Problem is not just the physical threats to journalists and, by extension, freedom of speech in Mexico. More than 47 journalists have been killed since Mr. Peña Nieto took office in late 2012, 15 of them after Mr. Valdez’s death in May of last year, according to Article 19, a journalist protection group.
It is crucial for Mexican government and law enforcement agencies to discover the truth behind the spyware used on Valdez’s colleagues and assassination of Valdez in order to re-establish public’s faith. As there is lack of substantial evidence is both cases, it would be a difficult for law enforcement agencies to reach a definitive conclusion in a short-time frame. The result of this case could save valuable lives of people who dedicate themselves to noble profession of journalism and will help provide justice to the deceased one. Existing conventional investigative tools cannot solve this case. They fail to reveal what knowledge a witness or a suspect is withholding and cannot provide accurate intelligence to the investigator; therein lies a grave problem. Therefore it should come as no surprise that such a technology that addresses this fundamental problem has been already launched by Brainwave Science and it’s called iCognative. This technology supports law enforcement agencies distinguish between the perpetrator and innocent and provides guaranteed positive results without any necessity of physical evidence.
iCognative is the only hope left for journalism community that is constantly threatened professionally by people who want to suppress truth and perpetuate corruption and create anarchy and chaos in the world. iCognative is one-of-a-kind intelligence-gathering technology which can very well act as a sure shot in such mysterious cases. This technology set new standard in security solution as it can tap inside a brain and reveal what the witness or suspect really know and what information they are trying to conceal with over 99% accuracy. iCognative guarantees a high success rate and results as it involves no question answers, no false positives or false negatives and minimal possibility of error.
A 45-minutes iCognative test when utilized by Mexican law enforcement agencies would reveal the truth behind the hacking of Valdez’s colleagues and identify the perpetrator. There is large possibility that the same individual or group may very well be behind the assassination of Valdez and hacking of colleagues. All the investigative details related to both the cases such as details of Valdez assassination i.e. time, date, location; what he was working on; source behind his the confidential information; relationship with other colleagues or government officials; his local contacts; financial details, etc., along with other confidential details collected during the investigation (called Stimuli) is uploaded into the iCognative system protocol. The iCognative system records and analyzes the brain responses of the suspect or witness to determine whether he or she possesses specific crime-related information or not. Irrespective of how smart or intelligent a suspect or witness is, he or she can’t lie or cheat this technology.
iCognative is the only technology that can support law enforcement agencies around the globe to discover the truth behind the assassination or disappearance of journalists. Once the test is completed, iCognative provides impeccably accurate intelligence, leads, connections for law enforcement personnel to investigate in the right direction and solve this case within a short-time frame. iCognative can be the best weapon for Mexican law enforcement agencies in their battle against the crime.