The National Intelligence Service of Kenya did not authorize nor commission any covert operation against bloggers as Kenya media houses and blogs have sensationally claimed in the start of the second quarter of the month of July 2015.
It is important to note that the Human Resource Division of the NIS does not have an employee nor has the divisions of the service have an agent called named Eric Mwangi deployed at the ICT Division of the Service.
Secondly, The National Intelligence Service of Kenya does not conduct surveillance on bloggers nor does it procure/purchase through third parties. The Service cannot be that careless to transact through open source emails platforms. The NIS has its own virtual comms platforms developed internally. These systems are encrypted hence not accessible to 3rd parties and hostile online intelligence surveillance.
NIS focuses on identifying and neutralizing threats to Kenya’s national security. According to Wikileaks alleged emails comms between Hacking Team sales reps and a Kenyan IT firm Com21, there is no evidence that the person seeking to procure Galileo was an officer or an agent of the National Intelligence Service.
“It’s whimsical to allege this person was acting on behalf of the service. We haven’t seen official NIS emails in those leaks. The alleged officer does not even provide any information that can make these allegations credible.”
“The National Intelligence Service of Kenya procures directly from manufacturers. The service procurement procedure disallows any transactions between middlemen and 3rd parties. This is a procedure applied to out possibility of 3rd parties disclosing nature of resources acquired. What we are seeing on the media is just hype and incredibly fallacious claims.” NIS Kenya.
It would be credible to allege an officer from the NIS, Directorate of E-Government, the CID, or Directorate of Military Intelligence sought to procure Galileo in the event, official communication between Hacking Team and others provide emails originating from either of the ministry’s web-email i.e [email protected] or [email protected]
Also, the Republic of Kenya has a procurement law. The government doesn’t procure on emails, they go through a procurement process which in such a case, must be above board.
The National Intelligence Service of Kenya has a procurement department that procures for its divisions. The ICT Division, in case it wished to procure surveillance capability, would have sourced the capability through the procurement department.
Summarily, irresponsible bloggers and journalists publish material that lacks flare and substance. This panache to publish whimsical hype that is un-researched, alarming, and fallacious is of-course is a concern to governments all over the world.