Narendra Modi govt fumes over US spying on BJP, ticks off diplomat

Jul 02 2014, 13:20 IST
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India sought an assurance from the US that it will not happen again. India sought an assurance from the US that it will not happen again.
SummaryNarendra Modi govt summoned top US diplomat to raise the issue of spying on BJP, saying it was "totally unacceptable".

Reacting strongly to reports of BJP being spied upon by US National Security Agency (NSA), the Narendra Modi-led NDA govt today summoned a top US diplomat here to raise the issue, saying it was "totally unacceptable" that an Indian organisation or Indian individual's privacy was transgressed upon.

India also sought an assurance from the US that it will not happen again.

However, officials did not say who was the US diplomat summoned by the External Affairs Ministry.

Significantly, the US currently has an interim ambassador Kathleen Stephens who came in after former US Ambassador Nancy Powell resigned from her post.

India also noted that it had raised the issue with the US administration in Washington and the Embassy here in July and November last year when reports emerged that NSA had spied upon individuals and entities and said it was still "awaiting a response from American on this".

India had reacted sharply when the reports of snooping by NSA came to light after revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year.

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 Monday 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 had said, citing documents provided to it by Snowden.

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