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4 Dec, 2013

India protests against US spying – Hindustan Times

India has ratcheted up its response to mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, launching a formal diplomatic protest against what it regards as commercial and political spying. It is learnt that around the time of a quiet three-day visit to India late last month by NSA chief Gen Keith Brian Alexander, the deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in Delhi was summoned to the ministry of external affairs over the Snowden disclosures.

While South Block is tight-lipped about the discussions, it is learnt that MEA officials clearly told the US DCM that there were all indications that NSA was not really into “meta data” collection monitoring the volume of online traffic, as was sought to be projected, but involved in commercial and political surveillance of India. The US side is understood to have denied this and tried to take the temperature down a degree or two.

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