New Delhi, 2 July-2014(PTI): The BJP-led NDA government on Wednesday summoned senior US diplomats and lodged a strong protest over reports that the NSA in 2010 had snooped on the BJP.Terming the snooping exercise as ‘unacceptable’ the government has sought an assurance from the US that it will not happen again.
NSA SurveillanceThe US allegedly allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on six non-US political parties, including the BJP, claims former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden in leaked top-secret documents, according to The Washington Post. Other’s on the list include Pakistan People’s Party and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as well.
The Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said previously “when information trickled down to us,” the issue was raised with US both here and in Washington with the “concerned authorities”.
“…We will follow the same process because it is totally unacceptable that an Indian organisation, Indian individual’s privacy is transgressed upon, if that is correct,” he said.
“At this stage… I have not seen these reports. But our view is pretty clear that it is extremely disconcerting that privacy laws in India are undermined whether it is individuals or organisations,” he had said.
BJP figures in the list of foreign political parties along with Lebanon’s Amal, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Pakistan Peoples Party on whom the National Security Agency (NSA) was given permission to carry out surveillance, says the document made public on Tuesday by ‘The Washington Post’.
The document lists the 193 foreign governments as well as foreign factions and other entities that were part of a 2010 certification approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The list includes India.
“These are the entities about which the NSA may conduct surveillance for the purpose of gathering foreign intelligence,” the paper said, citing documents provided to it by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.