NEW DELHI – 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.”