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The U.S. spying spat broke in Europe after French reports of U.S. spying spread across the globe with fresh allegations by an Australian news website that Washington used embassies in Asian nations for data collection.
The U.S. intelligence operations and strategic data gathering network has perhaps left footprints beyond European shores and spying activities were performed in many capital cities of Asian countries leading to severe outrage across the international society over the US secret service’s activities.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Washington has been monitoring communication networks with the help of electronic surveillance facilities installed in, and operating through, U.S. embassies and consulates located in south-east Asia. Furthermore, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, a secret map published by Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine lists special collection service facilities at 90 locations worldwide, including 74 mannered facilities, two technical support centers and 14 remotely operated facilities.
The discovery of the American spying facilities and their activities sent shock waves around the world, damaging diplomatic relations and creating incentive for disloyalty among the U.S.’s European and Asian allies. The dark secrets behind American intelligence services and its furtive practices of data accumulation was first decoded by Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who fled the U.S. after revealing to the media how intelligence services gathered information though internet and telephone.
According to Ninemsn.com, top secret maps, disclosing 90 U.S. surveillance facilities, were leaked by Edward Snowden and unmasked facilities at U.S. embassies in almost all Asian capitals. Locations included Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Taipei, New Delhi and Islamabad, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.
According to The Washington Post, the Indonesian foreign minister said “Indonesia strongly protests the existence of tapping facility in the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.” Historically spying had always played a pivotal role in the interest of national security and remain as protective shield under the defense mechanism of any country, but American surveillance activities has broken all bonds of diplomatic and ethical relations between their allies and other countries.
America’s clandestine activities have emerged as a big reason for embarrassment to many countries because the operation didn’t actually distinguish the nature of strategic or diplomatic relations and economic ties with different countries, rather placed them all into one bracket of suspicion. Driven by mistrust, or perhaps dragged by misconception, the U.S. intelligence operations are now viewed as having been carried out under suspicion, which is completely overshadowing relations.
If we attempt to draw an operational sketch of America’s spying activities, we produce a map demystifying spying by one nation on other nations, by a nation on diplomats and ultimately by one nation on ordinary citizens. The span of the American secret services indeed has global dominance when it comes to gathering information, which disregards barriers of any tactical, cultural, ethical or economic bonds between it and other countries.
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