India defends U.S. spy programs


India’s foreign minister on Tuesday defended the vast U.S. surveillance program of phone logs and Internet data revealed by fugitive ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

“Some of the information they got out of their scrutiny, they were able to use it to prevent serious terrorist attacks in several countries,” Salman Khurshid said in an interview in Brunei, where he was attending an Asian security forum. “This is not scrutiny and access to actual messages. It is only computer analysis of patterns of calls and emails that are being sent. . . . It is not actually snooping on the content of anyone’s messages or conversations.”

The comments by Khurshid, who met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in New Delhi last month, contrast with India’s initial reaction when a Foreign Ministry spokesman warned that any privacy violation would be “unacceptable.”

  • ramesh chandra

    We were yelling and screaming about US NSA scam. We were
    advocating this is against our sovereignty, USA breeched privacy rights of
    Indians. Our media was furious that American abrogated the human rights. India was
    going to lodge protest during cyber security dialogue. Now what happens?

  • javed

    This person khurshit is not worthy to be a minister. He had terrorist links in past with the now banned network. The people of India should show spine and throw out this govt.