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Jaswant will disclose US mole?s name

In a letter to PM, Jaswant is understood to have said that he is ready to furnish all details. An embarrassment to the BJP?

india Updated: Jul 25, 2006 03:33 IST

Picking up the gauntlet thrown by Manmohan Singh, former foreign minister Jaswant Singh has said that he is ready to tell the PM about the mole who snooped on the PMO a decade ago.

In a letter to the PM, Jaswant is understood to have said that he is willing to furnish all details, including the documentary evidence in his possession, regarding the spy.

In his memoir, A Call to Honour, Jaswant has alleged that during PV Narasimha Rao's tenure there was a mole in the PMO who leaked nuclear secrets to a US diplomat, who in turn informed an American senator.

On Sunday, Manmohan Singh had said, "If Jaswant Singh had the decency and courage, he should name the person whom he's accusing of being a mole."

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Jaswant said: "I'll seek a time with him. I'll go and give him the document that I have, but I will not make public the name, because there's a national purpose behind it."

He, however, did tell NDTV that the mole was no longer in a position of authority.

Unhappy over the controversy caused by Jaswant's book, senior BJP leaders, including A.B. Vajpayee, are said to have advised him to hold a press conference to clear the air. He might do so on Tuesday, BJP sources said.