The UK has approved the export of IMSI catchers not only to Macedonia but also to a number of other repressive states.
In recent years, it has to countries that are well known for using surveillance technology to spy on their citizens.
We rigorously examine every application on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, drawing on all available information at the time of application." Only, in the Macedonian case, the UK government did not use all available information, deciding instead to carefully choose the statements from the documents they were quoting.
It furthermore failed to consult civil society and human rights groups, who were very well aware in 2012 that they were living under a repressive regime.
Like many others in her position, Pirovska is adamant that plenty of red flags existed back then to indicate that the Macedonian government was an authoritarian one: the 2011 death of a young man at the hands of the Macedonian police and the alleged cover-up, being just one example.
Pirovska was one of over who were illegally wiretapped by the Macedonian secret services, then run by Saso Mijalkov - the cousin of the country's prime minister at the time, Nikola Gruevski.
It was not only political opponents who were under surveillance, but also journalists, civil society leaders, politicians from opposition parties and from the ruling coalition itself.
Anybody who played a role in the political life of the country (be it major or minor) was being tapped.The video appears to show a group of migrants refusing packages of humanitarian aids bearing the Red Cross logo, a red cross on white background.Many online have claimed that the reason why the migrants refused the packages is the similarity between the Red Cross logo and the Christian cross.The content of the conversations exposed an array of criminal offences. But the Macedonian secret services could not have pulled this off without sophisticated surveillance tools, which they did not have available domestically.Among the countries that the secret services turned to in order to acquire surveillance technology was the UK.The scandal exposing the government-sponsored surveillance opened a Pandora's box.