RYADH: The controversy of American spying doesn’t seem to stop anywhere. In a revelation by Arab News website, CIA spied on 7.8 billion Saudi calls. The US surveillance programme is facing heavy criticism since the incident of Angela Merkel’s phone calls.
The American spying the world has received tremendous criticism internationally. According to Arab News website, more or less 7.8 billion calls of Saudis were recorded by Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A).
According to a report by Cryptome, “Saudi Arabia was the target of espionage operations besides several other countries in the Middle East and Asia”.
However, the officials were unable to trace Communications & Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CITC) to get official verdict.
However, R.K. Hussain who is a top-notch IT expert in a major telecom company said that, “such monitoring of phone calls, though unethical, is regularly conducted by intelligence agencies from different countries, including the US”.
He said, “Many “target” international calls pass through US carriers because they are cheaper and more accessible. Phone calls, e-mail messages or chat windows make for the cheapest paths, making it easy for an agency to monitor. But there are safeguards against phone monitoring or tapping, which can be applied to prevent leaks”.
More or less 124.8 billion espionage operations were made by the US on a global scale during January 2013, which included Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as revealed by the Cryptome website. Majority of the operations were targeted to Afghanistan with 21.98 billion.
Another billion calls were also recorded from India. The CIA is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policy makers.