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Words Off The Air

In a world where information is power, snooping is common and even friends are not exempted.

Words Off The Air
Words Off The Air
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2016-06-25T11:38:32+05:30

In the dictionary, snooping is defined thus: “to investigate or look around furtively in an attempt to find out something, especially information about someone’s private affairs”. In common parlance, it is intelligence-gathering or spying by prying. Wire-taps are just a means for gathering information about a real or potential adversary or competitor. In a world where information is power, snooping is common and even friends are not exempted. The CIA was discovered to be listening in on German chancellor Angela Merkel, among others.

Ironically, when a departmental intelligence service was first mooted in the US, then secretary of state Henry Stimson dismissed it saying “gentlemen do not read each other’s mail”. But soon World War II was overhead and a dedicated intelligence service was set up. Obviously, Herr Hitler was not considered a gentleman.

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