Editorial, 29 April 2022
The plot of computer scientists of the ‘procés’, in the spotlight of the investigation of the mysterious digital platform that organized the disturbances after the sentence of the 1-O trial
The plot of computer scientists and experts in digital technologies who collaborated in promoting the referendum of October 1, 2017 on the independence of Catalonia was also involved in the technical support through the Internet and social networks of the protest actions carried out under the under cover of mysterious Democratic Tsunami. These actions began on October 14, 2019, immediately after the Supreme Court ruling on the political and social leaders who organized the referendum and who proclaimed the independence of Catalonia was known.
This team of experts in the digital world offered their knowledge to overcome the blockade by the judicial authority of the website created by the Generalitat government to promote participation in the referendum. Two years later, they also put that knowledge into the use of networks at the service of the objectives of Tsunami democràtic, a movement whose organization was unknown but which, through its Telegram and Twitter channels, summoned tens of thousands of people who tried to occupy the runways of El Prat airport and caused the suspension of a hundred flights to protest the Supreme Court ruling.
The commission to create the technological infrastructure that would allow the leaders of Tsunami democràtic to remain anonymous was assumed by Sergi Miquel, responsible for the economic management of the infrastructure created by the former president of the Generalitat Carles Puigdemont in Belgium, according to El Confidencial. Yesterday. This digital portal explains that Miquel turned to three members of the group of experts who had helped them with the dissemination of the referendum: Elies Campo, the author of the report published by Citizenlab under the name of Catalangate, Jordi Baylina, Blockchain developer, resident in Switzerland , and Pau Escrich, open source developer of the company Aragon Labs. They were the ones who programmed the Tsunami Democràtic application and devised the system to access it through QR codes that were distributed by Telegram. Miquel, Campo, Baylina and Escrich appear on the list of people investigated according to the Citizenlab report. Campo is being investigated by the National High Court for his connection with Tsunami Democràtic, as reported yesterday by El Periódico de Catalunya.
The Catalangate has thus become a Tsunamigate, especially after it was leaked that the CNI asked the judge for permission to intercept the communications of 18 people linked to this mysterious protest movement. Of the leaders of this mobilization there are two that appear in the list of ‘victims’ of espionage that can be seen on the portal catalangate.cat. They are Xavier Vendrell, former ERC leader and deputy, and David Madí, who was advisor to the former president of the Generalitat, Artur Mas. It is surprising not to find Oriol Soler, a historic ERC militant and a key player in the organization of Tsunami Democràtic, on this list. One possible explanation for his absence is that he refused to hand over his cell phone to a team of people loyal to Carles Puigdemont, given the mistrust that exists between ERC and JxCat. This distrust could also be the reason why Elies Campo and Citizenlab have not been able to analyze the telephone number of Oriol Junqueras, president of the ERC.
Josep Maria Ganyet, who also appears as one of the ‘victims’ of espionage, was part of the group of digital technology experts who sought alternatives to blocking the referendum portal created by the government of the Generalitat. Two weeks after the assault on the airport, Ganyet participated in two programs on Catalunya Ràdio. “The Tsunami Democràtic application is made so that it is not possible to know who is behind it,” he said on October 28, 2019 in El matí de Catalunya Ràdio. The Pegasus app seems to have known.