The Intercept stated that Hacking Team had probably sold the Remote control System to Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Oman, countries which may have a very personal view of what Human Rights respect should be.
Hacking Team sent a letter to The Intercept which was published by the newspaper at that time. Even if the infamous Eric Rabe thought The Intercept would not dare publishing the corporate « truth » .
This letter is now part of the 400 Go leak in a mail sent by David Vincenzetti (HT’s CEO) to other members of the team.
Some parts of this letter look « funny » today :
Despite the headline, the “secret manuals” do not show that anything at all was “sold to despots” worldwide or elsewhere. That remains the conjecture of the authors.
Let’s have a look at the Intercepts’ conjectures.
Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Mexico or Oman are all listed as clients :
Ethiopia is listed here as a client :
You can read here (in french) our two papers about Ethiopia and the Citizen Lab report. These two papers will also enlighten the readers about how Hacking Team used to « shut down » clients who would use the tools against political opponents or journalists.
There is a huge difference between the corporate marketing speech and the reality. This we already knew… We just needed time to prove it.