Fri, 30 Sep 2016
Scorpene Data Leak
Spokesperson: Shri Manish Tewari: He said that today we want to raise a very fundamental question. Why is the Defence Minister of India in a state of complete denial about the Scorpene data leak? Why is the Government putting out selective leaks to suggest that the operational secrecy of the underwater platform has not been compromised? If we were to rewind back to the day when this controversy erupted, then first thing which the Defence Minister alluded to was the possibility
of hacking, which subsequently turned out to be completely baseless. I would not use the word ‘untrue’. After that the contractor DCNS tried to shift the onus on to India saying that the leak may have emanated from India. After that the Defence Minister of India goes on record to say that no details about the weapon systems have been made public.
Immediately after that the gentleman, who is following this story for the Australian Newspaper Mr. Cameron Stewart - tweeted saying that he will put out the details of the weapon system on Monday. So, had the Defence Minister of India had access to those 22400 odd pages before he made the claim that the details of the weapon system are not out in the public domain. Now reports suggest that the information is not only with the Australian Newspaper, it is also with some unnamed Australian
National who has all these 22400 odd pages in his possession. So, even if the company was to go and get an injunction from the New South Wales Supreme Court that the data should not be published, does it really matter because the information in any case is in the possession of people who are not supposed to have access to it and this raises some very serious questions. Monday, 29th August, 2016.