HEAD of Spain's
National Intelligence Centre (CNI) Félix Sanz Roldán gave a
presentation in Parliament today on how international spying has
managed to thwart several terrorist attacks.
He spoke for just under an
hour before the Official Secrets Commission in Spanish Congress about
the activities of the Secret Service, using an overhead projector and
His intention was to
clarify whether or not the CNI worked with the USA in the mass
espionage operation targeting political parties, heads of State and
Sanz Roldán's slides
showed the data supplied by the CNI and demonstrated that it was
The Intelligence Service
leader also explained, and proved with data, the actions taken out by
the CNI against international terrorism in order to prevent attacks
on national security.
This included information
collated from warzones such as Afghanistan and El Sahel.
Most of the contents of
the presentation could not be revealed outside Congress or be heard
by anyone other than the Official Secrets Commission, due to their
confidential and highly-sensitive nature.
But it did include
information on what the relationships are between different
Intelligence agencies, how the CNI operates outside of Spain and
whether they hold data showing foreign Secret Services had worked in
Sanz Roldán informed
those present of the explanations given by the USA in connection with
Spain being spied upon by the former's National Security Agency
(NSA), and may later need to respond to suspicions by certain groups
who believe they are under scrutiny in the same way.
included leaders of opposition parties UPyD and the United Left
(Izquierda Unida, or IU), Rosa Díez and Cayo Lara, Congress
spokesman Jesús Posada, PP spokesman Alfonso Alonso and socialist
spokeswoman Soraya Rodríguez.
They all said the Secret
Service leader answered every question put to him in full, that they
were 'satisfied' with his explanations and that Spanish residents'
rights to privacy were being respected.
Soraya Rodríguez seconded
this and said that now, the Spanish government needed to continue to
demand explanations from the USA's Secret Services to those issues
that have not been clarified from their end.
All those present have
been unable to reveal anything more about the presentation under
Official Secrets law.