New Delhi, Nov 2: Maintaining that the Centre has already clarified its stand on the WhatsApp issue, the BJP government on Saturday attacked the principal opposition party Congress for alleged 'snooping on former President Pranab Mukherjee when he was a minister in UPA and Gen VK Singh when he was the Army Chief'.
'While the Government has already clarified its stand on this issue, perhaps Mrs (Sonia) Gandhi could enlighten the nation about who at 10 Janpath authorised snooping on Shri Pranab Mukherjee when he was a minister in UPA & Gen VK Singh when he was the Army Chief!' Union Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda in his tweet.
Earlier, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi alleged that through Israeli Pegasus software acquired by the Modi government, snooping and spying activities on activists, journalists and politicians have taken place. 'These activities are not only illegal and unconstitutional, they're shameful,' she said.
The government has hauled up US social media firm WhatsApp for not disclosing to India in past meetings with the government that Indian citizens were being spied upon through the Israeli software Pegasus.
At least a couple of high-level meetings were held between the two sides in the past few months -- July and September -- to discuss India's concerns over 'traceability of messages".
Senior government officials said while WhatsApp had informed the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, in May that the app had been hacked globally and that they had fixed the issue, what they failed to tell New Delhi or hid the fact was that Indians were involved.
In a statement issued late Friday, WhatsApp appeared to counter the Indian government, saying it had in May 'quickly resolved a security issue and notified Indian and international government authorities'. Congress on Saturday attacked the government saying ' Despite many failed attempts, the government does not hesitate in lying to its own citizens.' (UNI)