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Spanish Secret Service tells Parliament how their spying has stopped terrorist attacks
thinkSPAIN , Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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 videos.

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 ordinary citizens.

Sanz Roldán's slides showed the data supplied by the CNI and demonstrated that it was perfectly legal.

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 Spain.

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.

Politicians present 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.

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