Human Rights

China secretly spying on CBI domain

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his video address on the occasion of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit from London on 3 December said that China is sucking out e-mails of India’s premier investigative agency the Central Bureau of Investigation and a German company has provided military surveillance equipment which can also be used to spy on political rivals. Assange also said that interception of the entire nation by Western firms works against transparency for secretive groups. Moving a step further Assange said that “Islamic terror” was being used as a cover for unlawful interceptions and anti-terror moves misused for economic intelligence by big players in the market. Assange called for laws that can ensure open societies because it is being threatened by state agencies and private firms.

Recently, Wikileaks has also released hundreds of documents that provide inputs on the products of the intelligence contractors which has been named as Spy Files. The released document reveals that in the past ten years the process of indiscriminate mass surveillance has spread its tentacles across 25 countries including India. Surprisingly, three Indian companies like Shoghi Communications (Himachal Pradesh), Cleartrail Technologies (Indore) and Shield Security with headquarter in UK are also listed among 287 files in international mass surveillance industry. These companies claim that their surveillance equipment can listen, choose and pick any language out of millions of conversations taking place across the world at the same time. With this equipment governments listen in to telephonic conversations particularly of journalists, politicians, corporate officials and bureaucrats. 
MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2011 on page no. 11

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