'Gupta Paid Twitter' plot to spy on journos months in the making

A member of the so-called Gupta Paid Twitter knew of a plot to spy on former Business Day editor at least four months ago, EWN has learnt.

Surveillance photographs and untrue claims about Bruce emerged on a pro-Gupta website on Monday, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.

The reports revealed that there was significant surveillance and spying on Peter Bruce for about a week sometime last year.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

They've uploaded pictures of Peter Bruce and his wife taking his dog out for a walk, pictures of him having lunch with friends.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Two pro-Gupta websites have emerged as part of a strategy to counter the waves of damning reports from the leaked Gupta emails.

Bateman says the websites, White Monopoly Capital Leaks and White Monopoly Capital Scams, seem to be a direct response to the so-called Gupta leaks.

The report alleges that Bruce is in engaged in extra-marital affair.

Bruce says someone revealed that they would be spying on him a while back.

Meanwhile, the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has described the surveillance as a clear threat to media freedom.

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