Robles will detail contacts with Russians to justify espionage in Catalonia

Margaret Oaks It is the big game game for almost everyone. For ERC, for EH Bildu, for JxCAT… and for Podemos. The Minister of Defense has justified the espionage to the independentistas, thus coming out in defense of the 3,000 professionals of the National Intelligence Center (CNI), of its director, Paz Esteban, and of the work that was done through Pegasus. Moreover, he will have no problem explaining to the members of the Official Secrets Commission -or Reserved Expenses- that what was done had a reason: the contacts of the secessionists with the entourage of Vladimir Putin. “What does a State have to do when the Constitution is violated or when it talks to Russia?”, was asked last night in a complicated session of control of the Government in Congress.

Robles does not see problems in having spied on the independentistas. His version is that it was done in accordance with the law, that is, there was judicial authorization because the matter was extremely serious. The Defense Minister, according to sources close to her, is willing to offer explanations, with documents, especially. With light and stenographers, but always up to certain limits because, these sources insist, “the secret services are secret for a reason.”

Robles bet this Wednesday before the independentistas for constituting said commission “as soon as possible” to be able to explain, always behind closed doors, the details that are in his possession but that he cannot spread. The judge explained that she hopes that in that commission she will give lengthy explanations: “Do not worry that in that commission everything will be clear“, he explained, adding that the director of the CNI will also provide the evidence that justifies this position.

The Minister of Defense leaves the decision about his future in the hands of Sánchez. Robles was not especially supported this Wednesday by the socialist bench, despite the fact that the predicament in which she tried to put regular partners and opposition was important. United We Can clearly distanced itself. And the president backed it, even though Pere Aragoneshas demanded his (political) head. In Moncloa they rule out the dismissal of a judge on leave that he has accompanied Sánchez since his time in the opposition and that she is one of his praetorians since the motion of censure.

Robles was, precisely, one of the last ministers to appoint in Sánchez’s first government, the one she made alone after the motion of censure that she drafted herself. It was not easy to put the pieces together. She also had the chips Fernando Grande-Marlaska and Dolores Delgado. And he made bobbin lace to square the circle of the Council of Ministers. To the parliamentary spokesperson gave him the CNIwhich belonged to the Vice Presidency, and she knew how to cause excellent sensations in the Intelligence services, which were then directed by Felix Sanz Roldan. He opted for continuity and chose Paz Esteban to give a boost to the Cuesta de las Perdices headquarters.

Margarita Robles never liked Sánchez’s partners. Neither external nor, later, internal. Yesterday it was demonstrated, when the UP parliamentary spokesman, Pablo Echenique, stated: “Something very serious happened in Parliament today. The defense minister, Margarita Robles, has justified the massive political espionage of lawyers, activists and public representatives.” Podemos would not mind if Robles fell. Nor would Pablo Iglesias, who yesterday dedicated a special to him on his podcast ‘La Base’ There are those who interpret in the PSOE that this attitude reinforces it.

Yolanda Diaz, by the way, marked its own line, different from that of UP, in the case of espionage against the independentistas. He defended first investigating before requesting resignations: “I always say, once it is investigated, if there is to purge responsibilities, let them be purged, but first we have to investigate“.

Vertigo in Moncloa

Espionage disturbed the vote on the economic decree in response to the war, which until a few days ago did not seem to be in danger. But at this time, a few hours before his validation is voted – it is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. – the numbers would only give the PP or Bildu. Pedro Sánchez canceled a trip to Moldova and Poland and both Moncloa and the PSOE deployed all their networks. Felix BolanosMinister of the Presidency; Maria Jesus Montero, Treasury; Y Hector Gomezspokesman in Congress, maintained during the last hours intense contacts with several groups so as not to fail.

The nationalists consider that the triple offer made by the Government (Official Secrets Commission, internal investigation in the CNI and another in the Ombudsman) is a “bait” and their intention is to vote “no”. The last contact was yesterday morning. Both ERC and EH Bildu have had an intense internal debate, but everything indicates that the Republicans will distance themselves from Sánchez. The ‘abertzales’ leave in doubt their position.

John bravo

The PP, for its part, has kept its hand out until the end, it also held an internal debate on what to do (vote no or abstain) and finally managed to bend the arm to the Government. His financial manager, Juan Bravo, yesterday sent a letter to Montero showing his willingness to facilitate the validation of the decree if it is processed as a bill and any of his proposals are negotiated. Moncloa accepted it. But Genoa requires a commitment to negotiate some of the proposals in his plan, such as deflating the rate or reducing public spending. They will announce their vote this morning from the rostrum.