The US has stated that it opposes the use of surveillance technologies against civil society, regime critics, and journalists, while also denying that it has any knowledge of India’s Pegasus program.

On Friday, US’s Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Dean Thompson told reporters during a news conference in Washington that the idea of employing this sort of technology to target civil society, regime critics, journalists, or anybody else by extrajudicial means is always alarming.

According to an international media consortium, Pegasus spyware could have been used to hack over 300 verified mobile phone numbers in India, including those of two ministers, over 40 journalists, three Opposition leaders, and one sitting judge, as well as scores of business people and activists.

All of the charges made by the opposition have been denied by the government.

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