US authorised NSA to spy on Pakistan among 193 countries

Pakistan's PPP and India's BJP were also on NSA's radar.


Web Desk June 30, 2014

A classified document revealed on Monday shows that US spy agency, National Security Agency (NSA), had been sanctioned to spy on most countries and some international bodies and political parties.

Under a 2010 certification approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), NSA was permitted to spy on 193 foreign governments as well as foreign factions, political organisations and other entities, Washington Post reported.

According to the certification, the agency would require new certification approved by the court to permit such surveillance under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

Sparing Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand with whom US has broad no-spying arrangements, the NSA was allowed to spy on 193 countries including Pakistan.

NSA spied on foreign political parties

The list also includes two factions of foreign nations Palestinian Authority; Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on NSA's radar.

What was most shocking revelation was the fact that under the FISA court certification NSA was even authorised to spy on foreign-based political organisations including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from Pakistan and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from India.

The list also includes the Amal movement of Lebanon, Bolivaria Continental Coordinator, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and te National Salvation Front.

Besides foreign countries, governments and political organisations NSA was also authorised to spy on international bodies such as the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and many others.

COMMENTS (18)

Akram Qadeer | 7 years ago | Reply

According to the whistle-blower Snowden, NSA has already several times to find the trace of Pakistan's nuclear program and has increased the funds for intelligence agencies but failed to find any clue. How Pakistan is maintaining its nuclear weapons and where they are keeping them. Pakistan has been the front line ally to the US in the war against terror but unfortunately the US policies have led down the implementation of stability.

MJ | 7 years ago | Reply

^ I meant to write country^

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