Ruiz: office bugged. Ruiz: office bugged.

Espionage probed at SCT headquarters

Bugs have been found at the Communications and Transportation Secretariat offices

Bugs have been discovered in the offices of the Communications and Transportation Secretariat (SCT), including that of Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza.

The SCT is doing a sweep of its Mexico City headquarters after voice recording devices were detected at its headquarters in the Narvarte neighborhood, reported the newspaper Reforma today.

The investigation into the suspected espionage began a few days ago and has included interviewing staff. The participation of an employee has not been ruled out.

During the first stage of the investigation, hidden microphones were found throughout the secretariat’s facilities, including the office of Secretary Ruiz.

Other high-ranking SCT officials could have been targeted in the same manner, including senior officer Rodrigo Ramírez Reyes.

The probe by the secretariat’s comptroller’s office has included the inspection of ceiling lights, partition walls, windows, electrical sockets, light switches, telephones and furniture.

A special assessment of the facility’s computer equipment and networks is also being performed to check for viruses and screen mirroring software.

In recent months, recordings of private phone calls in which federal officials took part have been made public, including one between Secretary Ruiz and management officials of the Spanish construction company OHL, in which benefits and favorable contracts were allegedly granted illegally to the latter during the construction of the State of México Viaducto Bicentenario elevated highway.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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