India today summoned senior US diplomats in Delhi to lodge a strong protest over a report that America’s National Security Agency was authorized in 2010 to snoop on the BJP. Calling it ‘unacceptable’, New Delhi sought an assurance from the US that it won’t happen again. (In 2010, a US Court Allowed Agency to Spy on BJP: Report)
The BJP, which took power in May, was among six political outfits in the world that the National Security Agency or NSA was allowed to spy upon, according to classified documents reportedly leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.
Sources said New Delhi told the diplomats that in July and November last year, when reports of such “intrusion of privacy” first came, it had taken this up with the US. (Reports of US Spying on BJP ‘Serious’; Government Cross-Checking Facts: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar)
“We told the Americans that our concerns remain and want the US to revert on facts. We want an assurance that it won’t happen again,” top sources said.
Documents made public by Washington Post on Monday revealed that the BJP was listed along with the Pakistan People’s Party and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood among outfits for whom the NSA had sought permission to carry out surveillance.
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