Price of Betrayal?

People betray their country for their own reasons. Some for money and some for ideology or belief. But these two senior staffers of the National Security Council betrayed their own country for promises of plum jobs in American multinational companies.

Top secrets leaked for MNC jobs in US?

All it took was an offer of plum portfolios in United States multinational companies like Microsoft for two senior staffers of National Security Council Secretariat to leak top secret documents to elusive American ‘diplomat’ Rosanna Minchew, a Delhi police probe has revealed.

Classified documents seized from the accused persons, include Nuclear Doctrine draft report, the foreign policy on the Thai KAR Canal and futuristic NSCS plans for data sharing network among security agencies, police said.

Analysis of a pen drive recovered from Paul’s NSCS office showed 67 files containing over 1,000 pages of data marked ‘secret’ relating to national security. It involved data on monthly intelligence reviews, strategic analysis and documents of strategy with foreign nations, police said.

Retired NSCS employee Mukesh Saini, at the time of his arrest in June 2006, was nurturing a ‘promising’ career with US-based software giant, Microsoft — courtesy Minchew.

His co-accused, Shib Shanker Paul, a senior computer analyst with the NSCS, even disclosed that he worked for Minchew as she had ‘assured him of a good job in any of the US IT multinationals,’ police said.

And what does the Indian Government do? Nothing. If this had happened in China, they would have made Bill Gates go down on his knees and beg for forgiveness by now.

This also reflects poorly on the patriotism of the Indians. The Americans are shit scared of letting in anyone of Chinese origin into any of their sensitive facilities fearing that they might compromise their cherished secrets but in case of Indians it looks like we ourselves have to be careful about the ‘hidden wolves’ in our midst.


Filed under India, Indo-US relations, International Politics, National Security

5 responses to “Price of Betrayal?

  1. Indians seem to be malleable in this respect. It is deplorable but people generally go to any lengths to preserve their jobs and businesses.

    Another reason could be taking your profession for granted. The worth of one’s profession is realized more by people who are in the wrong ones- Make your passion your profession

  2. milnut

    This story may be of interest to you:


    The Telegraph,Calcutta,India/September 23 2006/

    NATO HEADQUARTERS, BRUSSELS, Sept 22 : The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation – NATO – wants Indian troops for its missions in some of the most volatile regions of the world including Afghanistan and Kosovo, diplomats and officials of the military alliance told a group of South Asian journalists here on Thursday and Friday.

    Indian “boots on the ground” would be part of a wider engagement that NATO envisages with non-member states and the 26-member grouping of mostly North American and Western European nations.

    NATO’s engagement with India – that is currently referred to by the diplomats as a “contact country” – to demarcate it from more intense relations connotated by the phrase “partner country” – is a thought-through process. The alliance does not expect Indian troops for its missions overnight but as a consequence of a protracted engagement that will drive policy change in New Delhi and reforms within NATO itself.

    “Indian boots on the ground is one of the options – not the only one – in our relations”, a senior diplomat said.

    The beginnings of a NATO-India relations have been made at two levels. First, NATO headquarters has conducted two briefings for Indian diplomats in Brussels. The briefings were described as “preliminary”. Second, the NATO secretary general Jaap de Hoop Schaffer met Indian defence minister Pranab Mukherjee on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. The NATO secretary general was said to have discussed Afghanistan and the security situation in South Asia. The meeting was one of several that Schaffer held with leaders from other countries.

    Speaking for NATO headquarters, Simone de Manso said “the (Schaffer-Mukherjee) discussions were good”.

    For New Delhi, the beginning of an active engagement with NATO drives foreign policy into a super-charged environment.

    First, India is a founder country of the Non Aligned Mission. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returned from its latest summit in Havana, Cuba, only last week. The Non Aligned Mission was so called to distinguish itself from the NATO and Warsaw Pact (Soviet Bloc) countries. But with the Cold War now history, NATO itself has transformed into an alliance with global linkages that span across continents.

    Second, in 2004, US Preseident George Bush identified Pakistan as a “major non NATO ally” to the chagrin of New Delhi here now are the stirrings of a NATO relationship with India.

    Third, New Delhi will also have to consider a rewriting of its policy under which Indian troops deploy overseas only under UN mandates and as part of UN peace missions. But NATO diplomats say mechanisms have been evolved to allow for non-member states to associate with NATO by marrying NATO deployments to UN mandates (Afghanistan and Kosovo, for example).

    De Manso said the NATO secretary general’s meeting with defence minister Mukherjee was one of several bilateral meetingson the sidelines of the UNGA. But the significance is that it was held as NATO prepares for its summit meeting in Riga on November 28 and November 29. Ministerial meetings leading to the summit are drafting an agenda in which associations with partner countries are likely to figure majorly.

    Over Thursday and Friday, NATO diplomats at headquarters in Brussels and military officials at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) – NATO’s military headquarters an hour’s drive from the Belgian capital – briefed a team of journalists, including The Telegraph correspondent, from South Asia. The diplomats were from the US and Dutch delegations and the NATO secretariat. SHAPE officials were from the UK, the US and Hungary. The officials requested not to be identified.

    Options envisaging Indian participation in NATO missions that figured during the briefings incuded:

    # Straight-forward deployment of an Indian military element alongside or as part of the International Stabilisation and Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

    # Provision of assents – such as transport aircraft and troop carriers – for NATO deployments with K-FOR, the NATO force in Kosovo, to relieve some of the pressure on NATO member states whose militaries are overstretched with multiple expeditionary missions

    The officials and diplomats emphasized that in both Afghanistan and Kosovo NATO military contingents were acting under UN-mandated missions. They cited the examples of Australia, South Korea and Japan and Central Asian countries that were not NATO members but were engaged with the alliance with boots on the ground.

    The stirrings of a NATO-Indian involvement come in the wake of frequent military interactions between India and the US over the last four years through joint exercises, reciprocal visits and dialogue. In 2003, India rejected a US request to participate in stabilization forces in Iraq (where NATO is involved only with a small military training contingent).

    Indian and US military officials have often described the bilateral military engagements as drills in “inter-operability” – a keyword that echoes at NATO headquarters – and means the ability of militaries of different nations to act in consonance.

    The interest in India also comes when NATO’s military leaders are worried about force-generation. In Afghanistan right now, for example, NATO is looking for a task force, a reserve of upto 2500 troops, as ISAF contingents deploy in the volatile south around Kandahar.

    NATO missions are vastly different in nature from the UN peace missions that the Indian military is habituated to. One NATO diplomat said “we are much more robust” – meaning more aggressive in comparision to UN peacekeeping and observation assignments. Also – and this will weight heavily with Indian diplomats as they engage with NATO – NATO member-states and troop contributors fund and train their own contingents in military deployments. This is vastly different from UN missions for which troop contributors such as India are fully-funded by the world body.

  3. Corporate Serf

    Hiren is absolutely right. The govt agencies are basically chock full of people with a deep inferiority complex. Unless better people are recruited this danger will always be there. I can well believe that Chinese bureaucrats will do something stupid like you suggest, but that is not the right approach either. (It’s easy for Bill to apologize, give a little bit of concession and have the US govt go on its merry way)

    (btw, read Paul Graham’s essays on what makes for a knowledge superpower. A bit extreme at times (particularly on lisp), but very readable.

  4. hiren and CS couldn’t agree with u guys more. I think most of the Indians choose careers that guarantee a steady income rather than pursue their passion. And then they succumb to such inducements or seek them actively.

    CS, i don’t think so. The chinese have famously bullied nearly every American or other MNC to have their own way. They routinely force them to part with sensitive technical know how.The American govt has sanctioned many chinese companies and forbids co-operation with China in sensitive areas like defence and space research

  5. milnut, thanks for the link.

    But indian soldiers on NATO missions looks quite remote possibility today.maybe there might be some more co-operation in areas like training, logistics support etc…

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