Investigative journalists Ronen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times (NYT) have revealed that the cyber-weapon Pegasus was part of a $2 billion defence package the Narendra Modi government purchased from Israel in 2017. A government minister has sought to dismiss it as a motivated conspiracy by calling the highly respected NYT, “supari” media, a colloquial term for contract killing in the Mumbai underworld.
Described as the “largest defence contract” ever signed by Israel, the deal for medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology was awarded in April 2017 ahead of the first visit by an Indian head of
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