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Afghanistan condemns recording of phone calls

May 25, 2014

The Afghan government of Afghanistan strongly condemned the recording of phone calls by US forces in Afghanistan and called it an act against the national sovereignty of Afghanistan, violation of human rights and the rights of Afghan citizens. Amirzai Sangin, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Afghanistan said Sunday that the phone calls are recorded by devices which have been set up in the country to fight drugs smuggling. 

The cabinet meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai instructed the ministry of interior and ministry of communications and information technology of Afghanistan for immediate halt to the operation installations. The Afghan national security advisor was also instructed to convey a strong protest by the government of Afghanistan to the US officials. 

This comes as the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) records almost all domestic and international phone calls in Afghanistan. Assange said that Afghanistan was the second country where NSA “has been recording and storing nearly all the domestic and international phone calls.”