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US Snoopgate: A show of duality in US foreign policy

The Snoopgate scandal broke in early June 2013 when the Guardian newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA)

Jul 3, 2014 15:00 IST
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The Snoopgate scandal broke in early June 2013 when the Guardian newspaper reported that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the telephone records of tens of millions of Americans. The main whistleblower of the Snoopgate scandal was Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the CIA, left the US in late May 2013.

Since then many cases of NSA spying on various countries embassies and on many world leaders have been revealed by Snowden.

US Snoopgate incident has casted a serious doubt on the foreign policy of US. The incident has been criticized by many a global leaders like Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany and Dilma Rousseff, the Brazilian President.

Recently in July 2014, it was reported by Washington Post that a legal certification was approved by U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). BJP was among a handful of political organisations on which the U.S. court allowed the NSA to spy on. The others included Lebanon's Hezbollah-allied group Amal, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, and the Pakistan People’s Party.

Whether the incident is case of mistrust that US share with other countries or is it a case of US trying to establish a hegemonic world order. It is not certainly known. But one thing is certain it is a clear cut case of duality in US foreign policy that has been its hallmark since very long.

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