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India summons US envoy on spying claim

Published on Jul 3, 2014 6:18 AM
US Senator John McCain (second left) leaves after his meeting with India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on July 2, 2014. A visit to India by McCain on Wednesday was overshadowed by a row over reports that the National Security Agency was authorised to spy on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party in 2010. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India summoned the top diplomat from the US embassy on Wednesday to complain for the third time about spying, following new allegations that Washington’s National Security Agency targeted its ruling party.

“What we have said is that we expect a response and an assurance that this won’t happen again,” a foreign ministry source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A new classified document made public by the Washington Post on Monday showed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was among authorised targets for the NSA in 2010 while it was India’s main opposition.

India has complained to the United States on two previous occasions, in July and November 2013, over other revelations – including the disclosure that its UN mission in New York and its Washington embassy were snooped on.

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