Uganda's government denies maliciously spying on opponents

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Posted: Oct 16, 2015 9:56 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan government is denying the existence of a secret program to use computer spyware on its opponents, saying the report by a London-based advocacy group is based on a fake document.

Col. Shaban Bantariza, a government spokesman, told reporters in Kampala Friday that the purportedly classified document cited by Privacy International wasn't an authentic government document.

But Francis Mwijukye, an aide to opposition leader Kizza Besigye, said the report proves it is "time for Ugandans to say enough is enough."

Privacy International's report said FinFisher spyware was deployed against opponents of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni during protests in 2011.

The group published what it said was a leaked Ugandan presidential briefing which said "hordes of data" had been gathered by the spyware.