The Indian Embassy in Washington was among 38 diplomatic missions that were being spied upon by American intelligence agencies, according to latest top-secret National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The U.S. was using a wide range of spying methods including bugging, The Guardian said, quoting the leaked report.
“One document lists 38 embassies and missions, describing them as ‘targets’. It details an extraordinary range of spying methods used against each target, from bugs implanted in electronic communications gear to taps into cables to the collection of transmissions with specialised antennae,” The Guardian said.
“Along with traditional ideological adversaries and sensitive Middle Eastern countries, the list of targets includes the EU missions and the French, Italian and Greek embassies, as well as a number of other American allies, including Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India and Turkey,” the report said.
Snowden, 30, blew the lid off NSA’s secret spy program and is charged with violating American espionage laws. He is currently in Moscow airport after fleeing from Hong Kong.
Snowden worked as a Hawaii-based computer network administrator for Booz Allen Hamilton before he fled to Hong Kong last month with laptops full of confidential information.