As the furore over the various spying controversies rages on, this letter in Today newspaper is particularly instructive……
Has any country never spied on others?
From Ee Teck Ee
Many countries have claimed to be surprised and have expressed indignation at being spied on by the United States or its close allies. They should have known better.
How could any security agency do its job without intelligence collection, which is but a euphemism for spying?
Satellites are taking photos and tapping conversations. Submarines are intercepting messages on the seabed. Being spied on is as unpleasant as ageing and death, but just as inevitable.
If any country claims that it has never spied on friends or foes alike, or apologises for having done so and promises never to do it again, are we to believe it?
Today, 23 November 2013, page 13