July 17, 2013

Baloch leader meets James Dobbins--President Obama's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Baloch leader meets James Dobbins--President Obama's Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan-- to draw his attention to the Balochistan's situation.

July 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C:  Dr. Wahid Baloch, President of Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA), met with James Dobbins --President Obama's Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan-- to draw his attention to the ongoing military operation, human right violations and enforced involuntary disappearances in Pakistani and Iranian occupied Balochistan.

He met with the special envoy on the sideline of an event "Rethinking Civilian Stabilization and Reconstruction", organized by the premier US think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, D.C. The event was attended by many distinguished U.S. experts and scholars.

Dr. Baloch gave him a letter on behalf of Baloch Society of North America, highlighting the grim situation in Balochistan and asked for help.

 "On both sides of the border, the foreign occupying forces are engaged, with full impunity, in genocide and systemic elimination of Baloch leaders, students, teachers, intellectuals and political activists", he wrote in the letter.

"Thousands of Baloch have lost their lives in this non-ending unresolved conflict. Many hundreds of other Baloch have been kidnapped by Pakistan ISI and Iranian security forces remain missing and are lingering in military torture cells and unknown military camps", he continued.

He said, "Balochistan, the land of 16 millions worldwide Balochs, despite being rich in natural resources has been kept by the Pakistani and Iranian occupying forces poor and extremely backward. There are no roads or any other infrastructures of modern conveniences and the Baloch people live below the poverty line".

He asked the special envoy to be a voice of the voiceless people of Balochistan.

"Balochistan is bleeding and calls for international intervention. International Intervention is long overdue and it must be carried out by the UN and international Community, without any further delay, to save the lives of Baloch people", he said.

"We believe that a free independent democratic Balochistan is in the best interest of the larger cause of liberty, human rights, and democracy. It, will, not only help defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaida terrorists, but will also weaken Pakistan’s and Iran’s ability to export terror and keep China off of Gwadar and Persian Gulf", he explained in his letter.

Dr. Baloch, in the past, also met US Vice President Joe Biden and several other top US lawmakers and drew their attention towards Balochistan's situation.


July 16, 2013


The Honorable James F. Dobbins,
President Obama's Special Representative 
for Afghanistan and Pakistan,
Washington, DC 20301

Dear James Dobbins,

My name is Dr. Wahid Baloch and I’m a U.S citizen, originally from Balochistan and I’m the President of Baloch Society of North America, a Washington D.C based Political organization dedicated to highlight the plights of Baloch people in Pakistani and Iranian occupied Balochistan. It is an honor to meet with you.

Sir, I would like to bring some of the facts about Balochistan to your kind attention.

*    1839: The British army invaded and occupied Balochistan.
*        British Chief Commissioner Maj. General Gold-smith divided Balochistan into Two parts: The Western Part was given to Iran. The Eastern Part was kept as, “The British Balochistan”.
*        1872: The Western Part was further divided between Iran and Afghanistan.
*        In 1947: When British rule ended in indo-Pak subcontinent Balochistan emerged as an independent State.
*       On August 11, 1947: The Khan of Kalat (Ruler of Balochistan) declared the independence of Balochistan and Mr. Jinnah (Creator and founder of Pakistan) signed the proclamation of Balochistan's sovereignty under the Khan of Kalat on August 12, 1947, which reads, “The Government of Pakistan recognizes Kalat as an independent and autonomous state.  It has enjoyed bilateral relations with the British Government and its status has been different than the other Indian states.” However, Pakistan leader persuades Khan and insists that he join Pakistan.
*        Khan Kalat called the grand Jirga and the Upper and lower house meeting to discuss the idea of merger with Pakistan.
*       Both the upper and lower houses and Jirga strongly opposed and unanimously rejected the Idea of merger with Pakistan and stated to remain independence. The House, after long debate, adopted the following resolution unanimously on December 14, 1947."Relations with Pakistan should be established as between two sovereign states through a treaty based upon friendship and not accession."
*        On January 14, 1948, the meeting of House of Lords adopted the following resolution. "This House does not recognize a merger with Pakistan because this would endanger the separate identity of the Baloch Nation."
*        The leader of house Ghous Baksh Bezenjo in his famous speech said, “We can not sign on the death warrant of millions of Baloch by signing the merger document with Pakistan.”
*       March 1948, Pakistan army invaded Balochistan, and forced Khan Kalat to sign the document of accession under duress against the Baloch people’s will and mandate.

The rest of the history of Balochistan, under the illegal occupation, is of blood and tears. On both sides of the border, the foreign occupying forces are engaged, with full impunity, in genocide and systemic elimination of Baloch leaders, students, teachers, intellectuals and political activists. There passes not a single day when a Baloch mother, father, brother or sister does not collect the bullet riddle tortured and mutilated body of their loved one, killed by ISI death squads or Iranian terrorist revolutionary guards. Thousands of Baloch have lost their lives in this non-ending unresolved conflict. Many hundreds of other Baloch have been kidnapped by Pakistan ISI and Iranian security forces remain missing and are lingering in military torture cells and unknown military camps.

Balochistan, the land of 16 millions worldwide Balochs, despite being rich in natural resources has been kept by the occupying forces poor and extremely backward. There are no roads or any other infrastructures of modern conveniences and the Baloch people live below the poverty line.

The Baloch people, who are secular, moderate and pro-democratic, share nothing with extremists of Pakistan and Iran. Our language, culture and secular traditions are completely different from that of the terrorist and extremist states of Pakistan and Iran. Both of these countries are in violation of International law by occupying Balochistan illegally against the Baloch will and consent.

Sir, Balochistan is bleeding and calls for international intervention. International Intervention is long overdue and it must be carried out by the UN and international Community, without any further delay, to save the lives of Baloch people. We ask your help to put pressure on Pakistan and Iran to end their illegal and unjust occupation of Balochistan.

All occupying foreign forces must leave Balochistan and Balochistan’s status as an independent sovereign state must be restored according to the international laws. Balochs must exercise their inalienable right to life, liberty and pursue of happiness freely and independently without any fear, intimidation or persecution.  It is unjust to force Baloch people to live with terrorists and extremists against their will.

Sir, We believe that a free independent democratic Balochistan is in the best interest of the larger cause of liberty, human rights, and democracy. It, will, not only help defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaida terrorists, but, will also weaken Pakistan’s and Iran’s ability to export terror and keep China off of Gwadar and Persian Gulf.

The United States has an obligation to protect the weak and oppressed defenseless nations around the world and Balochistan should not be excluded or exempt from this obligation.  The US should not be selective when it comes to the human right violations and the violations of the UN charters and international laws. The pro-US Baloch people should not be left to stand-alone against the terrorist and extremist Jihadist armies of Pakistan and Iran.

If US can intervene in Bosnia, Libya, Sudan and Syria, why not in Balochistan?

Thank you sir,


Dr. Wahid Baloch, President                              
Baloch Society of North America                                     
1629 K Street NW, Suit 300                                                      
Washington D.C., 20036

Shall We Take Satish Verma Seriously?


This rainy season viral flu is facing a tough competition from conspiracy theories as far as going viral is concerned. Latest one making the news allegedly originates from IG SIT(CBI) Satish Verma's views on 26/11 and Indian Parliament Attack as expressed to RV Mani, a former Home Ministry official, during investigations into Ishrat Jahan case. RV Mani in his letter to various Media Houses has alleged that Satish Verma told him that attack on Indian Parliament and 26/11 Mumbai attacks were orchestrated by the Indian Government to find excuse of enacting anti-terror laws like Prevention of Terrorism Act(POTA) and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, respectively.

Yes, you got Mr. Satish Verma right. According to his "analysis" NDA government got Parliament attacked to enact POTA (as if terrorism in India prior to that was not enough to support an anti-terror law) and then UPA government organised 26/11 to replace POTA with UAPA, which offcourse it could have done by way of simple repeal and enactment!

Now, this extra-terrestrial intelligence has never been uncommon to us. Since Indira era our politicians have been busting "CIA conspiracies." May be they have uncovered more than what KGB has. But recently there has been an exponential increase in incidents of public demonstration of such intelligence. As we are well aware that Congress General Secy Digvijay Singh  thinks that Batla Hosue Encounter was a fake one and even martyrdom of Special Cell Inspector never discouraged his Sherlock Holmes spirit. After 26/11 he suspected (and AR Antulay concluded) that Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare and his team was eliminated by "Hindu Terrorists." He claimed that Hemant Karkare had told him during their phone conversations about his harrasment regarding his investigations into "Hindu Terror modules". Now, another conspiracy theorist may claim that Hemant Karkare might have made a tactical mistake on 26/11 as he was quite worn out by Digvijay Singh's calls purported to influence his findings(Karkare looked quite tired when arrived on scene that day). This is a game of conjectures after all and everybody has right to uncommon intelligence.

Satish Verma's allegations have been taken up very warmly by Pakistanis. After all Pakistan is world's biggest manufacturer and consumer of conspiracy theories. Twitter and Reddit's Pakistan page have been swarmed by media stories and reactions on Satish Verma's 'revelations' and we may soon expect a Hafiz Saeed rally on this issue. But then Pakistan has its own traditions of mass harbouring of such beliefs. Most of the Pakistanis believe that 9/11 was a US conspiracy, that polio drops make people sterile, that Osama Bin Laden may still be alive, that Pak Army won the 1965 Indo-Pak War (Musharraf stopped former ISI Chief Mahmood Ahmed from writing a book titled "Myth of 1965 Victory"), that Mahmud Ghaznavi and Mohammed Ghuri are their national heroes (and not invaders who plundered their wealth and sold their ancestors into slavery) and that Sindh and Hind were two different nations. And then there are others who think that Gen Aslam Beg and Gen Musharraf had a hand in Gen Zia's killing as both of them were going to go with Zia but excused themselves at the last moment. The latest one in circulation  is that Malala is on US payroll to defame Pakistan. There was a widespread outrage in Pak with people asking as to why Malala did not raise the issue of CIA Drone attacks on Pak soil in her UN speech. Probably, Pakistanis wanted her to stop Drone attacks which according to ISI Chief Shuja Pasha's confessions before Abbottabad Commission take place as a result of an understanding between CIA and ISI!.

However, Shuja Pasha seems to be no lesser a conspiracy theorist. He told Abbottabad Commission that Pak is "a deeply penetrated country"  and its media can be easily bought by "money, wine and women". I do not know whether he was detailing his own experiences with Pak Media but if we combine his and Mr. Satish Verma's opinions, we may safely conclude that Pakistan's Geo TV, which carried investigative reports on 26/11 launch pads in Karachi, and Federal Investigation Agency, which is prosecuting LeT in 26/11 case, are on Indian payroll. Probably, that can better explain why FIA offices are regularly bombed by terrorists! But Shuja Pasha did not stop there. He went on to tell the commission that a US intelligence officer told that Pakistanis can be bought over very easily, they are saleable even for a US visa. So who knows someone from ISI tipped US about Osama Bin Laden.

To reciprocate to Pakistanis Indians also have their own conspiracy theories about Pakistan. One, which may leave your mind boggling, is one which was in circulation prior to Dec 6, 1992 demolition of disputed structure at Ayodhya. According to that theory, ISI had sent sabotage teams masquareding as Kar Sevaks to damage the disputed structure so as to incite communal violence in India. So, according to this theory, Dec 6 might well be an ISI false flag.

We are a democracy and everyone is free to have his opinion and that is what Mani told Verma. But when you level a serious allegation it must be supported by eveidence. Though offcourse there is another way of leveling such bizarre allegations and still be immune from a defamation action. This is done by way of leveling charges against indeterminate and abstract groups and keeping your allegations vague.. For instance, if Batla was fake, then who killed MC Sharma? A conspiracy theorist would not answer this nor does he need to. He just make his audience smell sulphur and his job is done.

Now Satish Verma may have his bizzare opinions but he is certainly without any evidence to support them. Otherwise given his committment for human rights causes he would have already done a Snowden.

BALOCHISTAN: Munir Mengal With Bruna Molina at UNO, Bolan Times

An Insight on Balochistan Issue, Munir Mengal is discussing the issue of Baloch Missing Persons Issue, Tortures, Killings, Summary Executions, and Human Rights abuses by the Pakistani State Forces in Balochistan. The Dragon has joined hand with the Fanatic Pakistan state for Strategic Designs for developing Naval bases at Gawadar and Pasni, planned to loot the resources of the Balochistan on the name of Mega Projects. China and Pakistan are now looking to extract Urinium from Balochistan. Watch the Video by clicking the following Button

July 14, 2013

THE ISHRAT CONSPIRACY: Narendra Modi stands in the way of a sell-out on J & K.

The Ishrat conspiracy
Narendra Modi stands in the way of a sell-out on J & K.
By Gautam Sen (10 July 2013)

London: It appears that the attempt to manipulate Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Ishrat Jehan's death to persuade Narendra Modi to withdraw from India's prime-ministerial race has more sinister roots than immediately apprehended. An insider with intimate knowledge of Anglo-American policy towards India suggested that a virtual resolution of the historic Kashmir issue has already been negotiated discreetly through the intercession of Washington. It seems an understanding has been reached with Manmohan Singh's government that major Indian concessions would be on the table. Apparently, this entire package would be in jeopardy if Narendra Modi were to become prime minister of India. 

Pakistan, whose rapid acquisition of nuclear weapons' capability is considered an urgent problem, including its known proliferation activities, is prepared to reciprocate with suitable steps acceptable to Washington. It is hoped that the lowering of India-Pakistan tensions would also reduce the dangers of a nuclear exchange that would have devastating wider global consequences. Pakistan will also restrain the Taliban and accept a half-way house in its expedition to control Afghanistan's destiny though Hamid Karzai will apparently have to depart. 

The grim inference is that the incumbent Indian government is not entirely in dissonance with Pakistani agencies, including the Inter-Services Intelligence and its arms-length proxy, the Lashkar-e-Toiba, to corner Narendra Modi. The evident bonhomie between the two parties is a product of Washington's mediation, which is keen to retrieve something from the mess of its Afghan misadventure. Certainly, the elimination of Narendra Modi, physically if need be, as some observers, including myself, have warned of, would suit some quarters because otherwise he is guaranteed to propel the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead at the 2014 general elections. 

Private polling has been showing that in the best-case scenario, the Sonia Gandhi Congress would simply not have the numbers to consider forming a government, even if the BJP itself failed to approach the magic number of 220 seats. An interesting question is the extent of involvement of some senior BJP leaders and their advisers in this colossal conspiracy. Some have enjoyed close ties with United States' agencies since the Cold War period when Nehruvian nonalignment was considered nothing short of support for the Soviet Union. Even closer ties have evolved between some leaders through the intervention of a prominent Indian business family in London who have always been US surrogates. 

The so-called solution to the Kashmir dispute would almost certainly be based on the four-point formula suggested by the former Pakistan military president, Parvez Musharraf. It entails softening of Line of Control (LoC), self-governance, phased withdrawal of troops from entire Jammu and Kashmir and joint supervision by India and Pakistan. Pakistan is confident that such a plan would enable it to absorb the entire Kashmir Valley eventually making Indian resistance to such an outcome both politically costly and militarily expensive. Publicly-aired Pakistani misgivings about Musharraf's four-point formula when it was first outlined were officially sponsored to create the impression that Pakistan would only acquiesce reluctantly. The idea was to make the Indian public believe that it was the gainer from the agreement. However, in private, there was widespread official consensus that the agreement would be a prelude to Pakistan gaining full sovereignty over the Kashmir Valley and possibly even more. The survival of other areas under Indian control would be rendered untenable if Pakistan were to achieve political suzerainty over the Valley and some adjacent areas.

The interim policy, in the aftermath of the agreement being fully implemented, would be to embark on a policy of demographic assault that has already succeeded in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The extensive marital links between PoK Kashmiris and Punjabis, for example, has ensured huge support for the Lashkar-e-Toiba's activities against India. It is reasoned that encouraging marriage between residents of India's Kashmir Valley and those on the Pakistani side with the help of local religious authorities would create a growing constituency within the Kashmir Valley that would be Pakistani in essence. 

It is concluded that it would be impossible for the Indian authorities to curb this development because there would be an international human rights' outcry. It is also perfectly well-known in Pakistan that India has failed to stop the massive migration of Bangladeshis into India which has grown to startling proportions in many cities far removed from the Indo-Bangladesh border. The result of such demographic changes would also guarantee the election of governments in Kashmir that would favour Anschluss with Pakistan. 

Once such an elected government agitated, in the first instance, for closer ties with their Pakistani co-religionists, prior to elevating the demand to formal accession, the Indian government would be left in an unenviable position. It would have to consider intervening militarily from a position of huge political and military weakness. The Indian authorities would have to arrest very large numbers of Kashmiri politicians, stop all electoral processes and embark on a military crackdown that would result in massive casualties. The international and domestic Indian reaction to such a response to adverse developments can easily be anticipated. It appears Pakistan has leveraged its nuclear weapons with extraordinary success. By contrast, India's aspiration to great power status would be in tatters, reduced to a weak, minor player. 

In addition, it can be safely predicted that Pakistan will find ways to prevent India reaping any sort of peace dividend, by reducing military commitments on the India-Pakistan border once an agreement with Pakistan on Kashmir has been implemented. Such a peace dividend for India would be opposed implacably by Pakistan's all-weather friend, China, itself examining every option for cutting India down to size. Any reductions in military commitments in relation to Pakistan would immediately mitigate India's two-front war threat that alarms its defence planners. China will make sure that Pakistani redeployments in the aftermath of any peace deal with India will nevertheless remain a sufficient threat to prevent any significant Indian reduction in commitments against Pakistan. Indeed it may well be hazarded that the loss of Kashmir to Pakistan will create a strategic nightmare for India owing to altered military options on the ground and require even greater attention to the India-Pakistan border. The final denouement will be in the shape of an emboldened Pakistan facing an India militarily and politically weakened by the loss of Kashmir. Nothing that has transpired in the past sixty years suggests that Pakistan will abandon its determined quest to rival India, having emerged victorious over Kashmir. 

As the conspiracy unfolds to derail Narendra Modi's pursuit for national power, though he enjoys massive support along the length and breadth of the country, many outwardly innocuous events acquire more significance. The successful campaign that stopped Narendra Modi from even addressing a mere student gathering in the United States is likely to have been officially instigated. The same officials responsible for intervening against Narendra Modi also hold compromising files on the alternative to him, pertaining to his corrupt financial dealings and personal peccadilloes. 

Former US spy, Edward Snowden, has highlighted the extraordinary reach and assiduity with which information is collected by Anglo-American intelligence agencies on even their closest allies. He has also confirmed that India enjoys a special place on their intrusive radar. It is they who have been collecting evidence on the murky social life and financial dealings abroad of their preferred candidate for prime minister of India. 

Editor's note: Intelligence Bureau officials have sounded the warning that they are under enormous pressure from the ruling Congress party to implicate Narendra Modi in the Ishrat Jehan case. A particularly vocal Congress party general secretary has been meeting and harassing Central Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence Bureau officials to manufacture evidence against the Gujarat chief minister. There is desperation in ruling party circles as Modi nears his goal of becoming prime minister. The Intelligence Bureau is resisting the pressure and there is growing resentment within the institution about this. Worse is expected in the coming days unless Manmohan Singh steps in and ceases the witch-hunt against Narendra Modi. 

Dr Gautam Sen has taught Political Economy at the London School of Economics.

Snowden information can cause USA ‘worst damage in history’ and even to others.

Washington's  NASA project to monitor and store all email, telephone and other cyber exchanges all over the world including at home in USA has turned out to be like the escaped genii gone rogue . Moscow, China and others and those with whom Snowden has shared or stored this massive and top secret information has Washington wriggling like a fish caught in the hook.
It is a bit like President Nixon recording all his Oval room conversations, which led to his ignominious fall and resignation.
How about the secret exchanges between US govt and its departments and bully corporations being leaked out to the world and exposing US aggressive military plans, also including its weaknesses, both of the govt and its corporations.
But do not expect Moscow or Beijing to do that .They will utilize the info for their national benefit and not for the good of the humanity .Perhaps Havana or Caracas might release some such information. Or Wikileaks.
Thus it is in the interest of humanity that the evil doings of the powers led by 5 P in UNSC are exposed .Let us hope and pray that journalists who have this information do so.
We should be grateful to Julian Assange and his supporters ,the founders of the website wikileaks.org ,which was registered on 4 October 2006 and published its first document in December 2006.Assange  is now holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London with a subservient Swedish and UK govt wanting to hand him over to Washington for ultra cruel punishment .
According to the WikiLeaks website, its goal is "to bring important news and information to the public... One of our most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth." Most govts whose secrets have been spilled are unhappy, especially USA.
But the real hero is Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, who released the information .He, was charged for disclosing the truth including a criminal slaughter of Iraqis by helicopter pilot in Iraq .He has been imprisoned in solitary confinement as a warning to other honest whistle blowers.
There seems to be tacit agreement among govts not to provide protection to whistle blowers and by the parties affected adversely .In India, they are punished by the govt or even murdered by private parties exposed.
K.Gajendra Singh, 14 July, 2013, Mayur Vihar, Delhi
Greenwald: Snowden has enough information to cause US govt 'worst damage in history'
Edited time: July 14, 2013 01:17
Former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden possesses dangerous information which could potentially lead to America's "worst nightmare" if it is revealed, according to the journalist who first published Snowden's leaked documents.
"Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in a minute alone than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States," Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist responsible for publishing some of Snowden's first leaks, told Argentina-based newspaper La Nación.

"But that's not his goal. His objective is to expose software that people around the world use without knowing what they are exposing themselves to, without consciously agreeing to surrender their rights to privacy. He has a huge number of documents that would be very harmful to the US government if they were made public," Greenwald said. 

He added that Washington should be exercising care in dealing with the Snowden because he has the potential to do further damage to the US. 

"The US government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare," he said. 

Greenwald said that "the most important thing [for Snowden] is not to end up in US custody," describing  the government's approach to people who reveal uncomfortable truths as "vindictive." 

When asked whether he believed that someone would attempt to harm or kill the whistleblower, he said that Snowden has "already distributed thousands of documents and made sure that several people around the world have their entire file,"stating that it would be beneficial for anyone to attempt assassination. 

He added that the US should be praying that no one would attempt to take Snowden's life.   

"If something happens, all the information will be revealed, and that would be [America's] worst nightmare," he said. 
Snowden is wanted in the US on charges of espionage after revealing details of the country's covert surveillance programs. 

He has been in limbo at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport since arriving from Hong Kong on June 23. The whistleblower is seeking to find a safe, secure transit route to Latin America, where he has made several successful asylum requests. Greenwald told Reuters on Tuesday that it was likely that Snowden would accept Venezuela's offer. 

Snowden broke three weeks of hiding in the airport to speak with human rights activists on Friday, mentioning that he would immediately request asylum from Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday: "We are not in contact with Snowden," adding that he has to contact the Russian Migration Service to formally apply for asylum. 

Migration officials said on Saturday that they had not received asylum requests from Snowden. 

"As of today, we haven't gotten any applications from Edward Snowden," Konstantin Romodanovskiy, head of Russia's Federal Migration Service, told Interfax. He added that the plea will "be considered in accordance with Russian law" if it is received. 

Greenwald told La Nación that although few countries have the power or will to defy the US, "Russia is one of those countries."
Snowden's leaks have upset Washington and its friends and enemies alike. Latin American countries were especially concerned with the extent of spying being conducted on their internet traffic. 

"Latin America feels a natural sympathy for the United States, yet there is a great resentment for specific historic policies of Washington toward the region. What happened to [Bolivian President] Evo Morales' plane in Europe induced a strong reaction. Bolivia was treated as a colony and not a sovereign state," said Greenwald. 

Greenwald hinted that further leaks are possible which are relevant to South America, including documents which outline how the US collects traffic information, the programs used, and the number of interceptions made on a daily basis. 

It was revealed at the end of June that the US spies on dozens of foreign embassies and missions. A leaked document published in the Guardian listed 38 foreign embassies and missions which were spied upon in the US, describing them as "targets" under surveillance. 
News that the EU member states were targeted by US intelligence has sparked outrage among the allies. France even expressed willingness to delay the start of negotiations on a huge free trade deal between the EU and the United States, demanding an explanation for the spying practices.
"We cannot accept this kind of behavior between partners and allies," Hollande told journalists at the beginning of July."There can be no negotiations or transactions in all areas until we have obtained these guarantees," he said.
"Bugging friends is unacceptable," said Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert. "We are no longer in the Cold War."