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The Belgium Parliament has criticised its secret services for not having kept a closer eye on its counterparts from Spanish intelligence tracking Catalan president Carles Puigdemont since he moved to Belgium. The chamber's intelligence committee believes that it didn't follow the situation closely enough; the security service had argued that it wasn't its responsibility to monitor espionage not directed against Belgium.

Provisional results from an investigation by the committee were discussed yesterday behind closed doors. According to the newspaper De Standaard, the so-called Committee I/R has "identified a number of issues" with the handling of the situation.

This isn't the first news we've had of the Belgian response to Spain's spying on Puigdemont. For example, last September, it was reported that they'd discovered that the mobile phone which received data from the GPS tracker found on the president's car also got data from seven further devices.

 

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