The Government resolves to declassify only espionage documents if requested by the judge

  • The Executive continues to promise “transparency“But finally he decides to keep his initial commitment: not to declassify ex officio, as he also considered

  • There is no date yet for the meeting of Sánchez and Aragonès: it will be reported when it is arranged and there is “normal“Despite the difficulties of marrying agendas

The Government has already made the decision: it will not declassify documentation of espionage on independence leaders ex officio. It will only lift the secret if the judge asks. He returns to the starting point, then, to the commitment that he had always expressed, after he did consider making a more express gesture to sovereignty to regain trust with ERC.

Last Tuesday, after the Council of Ministers that proceeded to dismiss the director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI), the Minister of Defense he was talking alone of declassification at the request of the Justice. But Margarita Robles is not, in any way, the Moncloa. What’s more, some Cabinet colleagues reproach her for going sometimes “for free“, without respecting the official line marked by the president and his hard core. But, in this case, what she was expressing is what was already being transferred from the first ring of power of Pedro Sánchez. And this Friday, in the appearance After the extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet -the one that approved the gas cap-, the spokeswoman for the Executive confirmed it.A press conference from which, in addition, no date came out for Sánchez’s interview with the ‘president’, Pere Aragonese.

“The Government has shown from the first moment the clear will to address this situation with absolute transparency. We have done it in the parliamentary sphere [con las comparecencias de la ministra de Defensa en el Congreso y de la ya exdirectora del CNI en la comisión de secretos oficiales]in collaboration with the work that the Ombudsman has started and, of course, we have been in favor of whether, in the field of Justice, that is what is demanded of us, we will give full collaboration, including this declassification in those terms”, answered Isabel Rodríguez to the journalists in Moncloa when they asked her if the Executive is studying lifting the secret on its own initiative.

“Yes, in the field of Justice, we are required to do so, we will give full collaboration, including this declassification,” says the spokeswoman

The difference is obvious. The independentistas and United We Can, after the appearance of Paz Esteban in the secret commission of the Lower House, demanded that the secrecy be lifted on the judicial orders with which the Supreme Court magistrate, Pablo Lucas, authorized the CNI to carry out the wiretapping of the separatist leaders, among them Aragonès. The president’ insistently sued Sánchez to approve that declassification, with the suspicion that it was possible to spy on him with Pegasus in full negotiation with the PSOE for investiture.

In Moncloa, as published by this newspaper —and also other headers—, declassification of espionage documents was considered ex officio, without the need for a request from the judge, always without compromising national security. It could do it through the Council of Ministers. But the words from Robles on Tuesday —”I would like to be able to see everything […]. It is a decision that the Government will have to make, if a judge requests it, well obviously, I I would be absolutely delightedbecause I believe that the citizens of Spain have the right to know”—and, above all, those of the spokeswoman, this Friday, close that option. The alternative of declassifying at the request of the Justice was already offered by the head of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, in his meeting with the ‘consellera’ Laura Vilagrà in Barcelona on April 24.

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At least for now. Because the most imminent will be the appointment of Sánchez and Aragonès, for which there is no agreed date yet. Rodríguez was very elusive in the different questions that were addressed to him in the short press conference this Friday. “We will give you an account of that meeting at the time it is going to be held, as has become customary,” she limited herself to expressing. When asked if there was any difficulty in arranging it with the Government, the spokeswoman ruled it out: “The meeting, with absolute normality and within the framework of combining the agendas of two people such as the President of the Government and that of the Generalitat. There are the teams working and, I insist, We’ll let you know about it”.

In principle, the window for the Sánchez-Aragonès meeting would open from Wednesday. On Monday he has an act in Valencia, on Tuesday and Wednesday he receives the emir of Qatar. And on the 23rd and 24th he will be in Davos

Everything points to the fact that the first available window that Sánchez has to receive Aragonès —or to travel to Barcelona, ​​because the place of the meeting is not yet clear— will open from next Wednesday. On Monday the 16th, a holiday in Madrid (San Isidro), he has scheduled an event in Valencia, according to sources from his team, and on Tuesday the 17th and Wednesday the 18th receives the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on a State visit. In this way, it would be easier to arrange the interview on Thursday the 19th or Friday the 20th. The following week, he travels to Switzerland, since on May 23 and 24 he participates in the Economic Forum of Davos. He returns on the 25th and on the 26th he appears in Congress to give an account of the ‘Pegasus case’ before the plenary session. And on Monday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31, she attends the informal European Council in Brussels. On Friday, June 3, the campaign for the Andalusian elections of 19-J, capital for the socialists, begins.

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