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CPI(M) says Govt collaborating with US in snooping

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on August 02, 2013

The CPI(M) has accused the Government of collaborating with United States of America to snoop on Indian citizens.

The party's Polit Bureau said in a statement that the US has installed some 700 servers in 150 locations around the world, one of which is near New Delhi, as part of a "hitherto undisclosed programme called Xkeyscore."

"The programme is meant for searching through the vast database containing e-mails, online chats and browsing histories of millions of individuals," the Polit Bureau said, based on the recent revelations by American whistle-blower, Edward Snowden.

Citing an earlier statement of external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, CPI(M) said the Government had justified the "snooping" in the name of tracking terrorist activity.

"Now it is clear that this justificatory statement was made because the Government of India itself is a collaborating partner in the global spy network of the US, which undermines the sovereignty of India. The CPI(M) deplores this action of the government," the statement said and urged the Government to stop collaborating with the United States in its snooping on Indian citizens and close down the electronic surveillance facilities provided to it in India.

Published on August 02, 2013
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