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Democratic lawmakers urge sanctions on Israel's NSO Group

The congressional letter also called for sanctions on three other foreign surveillance firms.
A woman checks the website of Israel-made Pegasus spyware at an office in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, on July 21, 2021.

Congressional Democrats are calling on the Biden administration to sanction Israeli cybersurveillance firm NSO Group following a slew of reports implicating the company’s spyware in the targeting of dissidents around the world. 

Reuters reports that 18 Democratic lawmakers including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff sent a letter late Tuesday to the Treasury Department and State Department asking for Global Magnitsky sanctions, which freeze US-held funds and ban travel into the United States. 

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