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Wikileaks: US planned 'no comment' on HT front-page report

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2013 10:46 IST
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Taking sharp note of a Hindustan Times front-page report that spoke of Indo-US intelligence, the US embassy in New Delhi had planned to offer no comment if anyone queried about the veracity of the report, a secret US diplomatic cable to Washington DC dated March 14, 1975 and leaked by Wikileaks has said.

"If asked about this report, the embassy plans to offer a simple 'no comment'", then US ambassador Saxbe had written.

The exclusive HT report headlined "CIA coached Indians on intelligence" said: "The CIA, now accused of engaging in "subversive activities" in India, had in the sixties trained senior Indian intelligence officers and helped build the nucleus of India's counter-intelligence network. Major tip-offs given by American intelligence related to the escape of the Dalai Lama in 1959 and Chinese troop movements along the Indo-Tibet border during 1959-1962."

"Following the Indian debacle in the Sino-Indian war, which many felt could have been avoided if there had been better counter-intelligence, senior officers from the then intelligence bureau were sent to the US for training in methods of intelligence collection and analysis of data collected, included in the team were officers from military intelligence," the cable quoted from the story.

Interestingly, the CIA was in 1975 accused by the Indian government of engaging in "subversive activities" in India.