The pro-independence parties and in particular ERC as well as United We Can, a minor partner of the coalition government, are not satisfied with the dismissal of the director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI), Paz Esteban, for espionage with Pegasus on at least 60 leaders , activists, lawyers linked to independence. However, after verifying the difficulty of overthrowing the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, for the Catalangate, both Esquerra and the purple ones focus on obtaining guarantees that it will not happen again.
"Although it is true that we have asked for political responsibilities in the form of resignations, it is also true that we have asked for transparency and maximum guarantees that this cannot be repeated", explained the ERC spokesperson, Marta Vilalta. "But they ask me if it is enough? No”, she pointed out at a press conference in Barcelona.
Almost simultaneously, the spokesman in Congress, Gabriel Rufián, described Esteban's dismissal as "logical" and saw it as "complicated" for the PSOE to drop Robles who, in his opinion, "represents the moderate right that is part of the PSOE ". However, Rufián has warned that "it is not about lopping off heads but about confirming a reality, that there has been a gap, perhaps a diplomatic crisis, if we are talking about third countries, and a relinquishment of functions that makes the situation of some senior government officials" alluding to the Minister of Defense herself.
Along the same lines, the spokesman for United We Can, Pablo Echenique, has recalled his position regarding Robles, whose resignation they had demanded, and has warned that "political responsibilities are not delegated", but he has opined that the fundamental thing now is to obtain " guarantees" so that "it does not happen again". That is why he has asked to promote a "democratic regeneration agenda" which, in his words, "has come late" in Spain.
More forceful has been the deputy of the CUP Mireia Vehí, for whom the dismissal of Esteban whom she has branded as a "scapegoat" is not enough and has directly targeted Robles. "It is clear that the lady who follows orders is not the one who should resign," she snapped at a press conference in Congress.
The JuntsxCat spokesperson, Míriam Nogueras, who did not appear at the press conference, asked herself on Twitter "who is Mr. X of catalangate?" pointing to the President of the Government and has rejected as insufficient the dismissal of the director of the CNI. "A scapegoat is not worth us," Nogueras said, recalling that Esteban does nothing more than "fulfill a directive signed by the Prime Minister."
In the opinion of the PDECat spokesman, Feran Bel, the dismissal "does not seem sufficient" and has stated that his formation awaits "explanations from the Government and the president" that at the moment "are insufficient".
The spokesman for Más País, Íñigo Errejon, has targeted Robles as he understands that "sooner or later", whether for "giving the orders or not knowing them" he will have to assume political responsibilities.