In liberal democracies, state secrets are not an anomaly or a crime, but a central aspect, if done right, of developing good governance. The position of the Spanish Government not to reveal the details of how and by whom it has carried out legal and illegal espionage / eavesdropping on pro-independence leaders and members of the Executive itself, appealing to the fact that “the CNI has a duty of secrecy ”, Creates confusion, because in this case it does not benefit the citizen, but rather the Government and ultimately the State, which represents an abuse of secrecy.
The position of the Spanish Government to defend the State's mechanisms for spying on citizens for the general good, which, in principle, should transmit security to society, has had the opposite effect, showing its fragility. Public opinion perceives the CNI as a deviant apparatus, a hidden, invisible and uncontrolled power. The reason why it is necessary to clarify the motivations of espionage and the identification of those who have benefited from it is to avoid increasing the suspicion of collaboration between the State and those who use it for their particular interests.