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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Governments for sale

And the media too. A sensational new book, "The Mitrokhin Archive II: The KGB and the World," alleges that the KGB had infiltrated Indira Gandhi's government, and routinely made payments to her ministers, her party and to newspapers that supported her. Ashok Malik's report in the Indian Express has some juicy quotes from the book, including this one about Indira Gandhi:
As well as keeping her under continuous surveillance, the Second Chief Directorate also surrounded her with handsome, attentive male admirers.
There's much more juicy stuff in the article itself, and while you're at it, also check out similar reports in the Telegraph and the Times of India. The Telegraph article, in fact, quotes the publishers as saying:
In 1972, the KGB claimed to have planted over 3,500 articles in Indian newspapers.
Heh, big deal. Given the current policies of the ToI, you can buy all the articles you want, and get receipts for them as well.
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