Zee Media Bureau
Washington: In the latest expose of top secret US spying programmes, the documents provided by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that Indian embassy was among one the 38 "targets" that National Security Agency snooped upon.
According to a report in the British newspaper The Guardian, the US intelligence service National Security Agency (NSA) bugged EU embassies in Washington and in New York as well as its offices in Brussels and infiltrated their internal computer networks.
The report cited classified documents provided by Edward Snowden, who is reportedly in transit zone of Moscow airport.
As per the report in The Guardian, a September 2010 document features a list of 38 NSA "targets" that includes Indian embassy.
Embassies and missions of US allies like France, Italy, Greece, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey are also included in the list.
``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. The list in the does not mention the UK, Germany or other western European states," says the report.
The Guardian report also cites one of the bugging methods codenamed Dropmire, which according to the Snowden`s documents is "implanted on the Cryptofax at the EU embassy, DC".
Earlier reports had claimed that India is the fifth most tracked country by the US intelligence.
The reports showed that Iran was the country where the largest amount of intelligence was gathered, with more than 14 billion reports in that period, followed by 13.5 billion from Pakistan.