Wednesday, July 3, 2013
More on the NSA's Snooping
India's Minister for External Affairs (EAM) Salman Khurshid has set off a small domestic storm with his comments that the US surveillance program run by the National Security Agency (NSA), much in the news after Edward Snowden's exposure, is not really snooping. It is difficult to make out what the Indian government is up to in this whole episode because, as usual, different ministers are speaking in different voices. But the Indian government has refused Snowden's request for asylum. Rightly so, because there is little reason why India should antagonize other powers when there is little that New Delhi stands to gain. Not surprisingly, the communist parties are livid. I had earlier written in the Economic Times about this whole ludicrous story and how all governments spy. Now, here are a couple of nice (and humorous) essays from the Foreign Policy blog that make more or less the same point. One, by Denis MacShane, is on European spying activities. Another, by Gareth Harding, asks what is one of the most pertinent question in these stories: why, oh why, would anyone bother snooping on the EU offices?