We Distrust, Spy on Pakistan More Than You Think: Files
Snowden's 'black budget' shows 'no other nation draws as much scrutiny'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2013 7:49 AM CDT
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, and visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry pose for a picture prior to their meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.   (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

(Newser) – Included in the summary of the $52.6 billion "black budget" leaked by Edward Snowden: quite a bit of money spent keeping an eye on Pakistan. Despite the fact that Pakistan is technically a US ally, the documents reveal it is as much a target of US surveillance as al-Qaeda, North Korea, and Iran, so much so that the Washington Post begins its extensive look at the documents with this bold statement: "No other nation draws as much scrutiny across so many categories of national security concern." Of particular concern: intelligence gaps around Pakistan's nuclear weapons program. The US' security concerns on this front are so serious that one budget section focusing on the movement of such weapons divides the world in two: one category is Pakistan, the other is everyone else.

"If the Americans are expanding their surveillance capabilities, it can only mean one thing. The mistrust now exceeds the trust," says Husain Haqqani, who was Pakistan's ambassador to the US until 2011. Indeed, the documents show increased distrust and much more surveillance than has been officially disclosed, particularly in areas beyond the patrol of CIA drones. The US' main concern seems to be whether Pakistan can keep its own nuclear, chemical, and biological sites safe; the fear is that Islamist militants could attack or take control of these sites. The documents also allege human rights abuses by Pakistani military and intelligence officials, who are accused of ordering (or at least knowing about) extrajudicial killings of militants and terrorism suspects; the files indicate the administration decided to turn a blind eye. See the Post for much more.

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Sep 6, 2013 1:34 AM CDT
This distrust and spying will not bring peace to our national interests; we have to respond like a super power. It is confirmed intelligence that Pakistan has secured nuclear facilities then why these rush to destabilize the peace. We are not paying taxes to our government to spend on such activities. This NSA and CIA activities will bring a blot on our image in front of world which is already dark.
Sep 4, 2013 10:55 AM CDT
America itself has the history of its nuclear-grade material stolen by Israelis in the 1960s which helped Israelis to make their first five nuclear bombs. Even after 9/11 – Israeli agents have been arrested for carrying-out illegal activities near US nuclear facilities. Then where was NSA? Now that Pakistan has become a nuclear state the anti-Islamic and anti-Pakistan elements are intriguing to destabilize Pakistan’s peaceful atomic deterrence. They can’t even think of an Islamic country achieving a nuclear status. This is the reason US-Israel-Indian lobby has joined hands to harm Pakistan’s nuclear program.
Sep 4, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
Pakistan’s nuclear capability protects its strategic policy and geographical freedom that has weakened U.S. designs, and given a severe blow to the self-acclaimed dictatorial powers of the U.S. Americans are concerned about it. That Pakistanis an atomic power now, with an effective and active role in its neighborhood and region, is disliked by the U.S.