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India summons top US diplomats to raise issue of NSA spying on BJP; calls it unacceptable

Wednesday, 2 July 2014 - 11:30am IST | Agency: dna webdesk

India has summoned top US diplomats to raise the issue of recent reports alleging that US had authorised the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on BJP. Calling it unacceptableIndia has also sought assurance from the US that it will not happen again.

Reports had surfaced that the US had authorised National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on foreign-based political organisations including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from India and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from Pakistan.

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According to the Express tribune, a classified document revealed that US spy agency NSA had been sanctioned to spy on most countries and some international bodies and political parties under the FISA court certification. The report by the Washington Post said that under a 2010 certification approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), NSA had the permission to spy on 193 foreign governments as well as foreign factions, political organisations and other entities. While Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand remained same from NSA's spying program following the US' no-spying arrangements with the four countries, two factions of foreign nations Palestinian Authority; Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on NSA's radar was also spied on. Moreover, the NSA was also authorised to spy on international bodies such as the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and many others. Read more 

BJP concerned about reports of it being spied upon by NSA
Reacting to reports that America's National Security Agency (NSA) was allowed by a US court to spy on six political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), BJP IT Cell Head Arvind Gupta said it is a matter of great concern, and added that the party will take up this issue with the appropriate authority. "If this report is true, it is a matter of great concern. It is matter of concern because it deals with the interfering of a democratic process of a sovereign nation. At the BJP, we are quite concerned about it," said Gupta.Reacting to reports that America's National Security Agency (NSA) was allowed by a US court to spy on six political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), BJP IT Cell Head Arvind Gupta said it is a matter of great concern, and added that the party will take up this issue with the appropriate authority. "If this report is true, it is a matter of great concern. It is matter of concern because it deals with the interfering of a democratic process of a sovereign nation. At the BJP, we are quite concerned about it," said Gupta. Read more

 




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