An Indian diplomat said she faced repeated “handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches” following her arrest in New York City on visa fraud charges in a case that has infuriated the government in New Delhi.
In an email published in India media on Wednesday, Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general in New York, said she was treated like a common criminal despite her “incessant assertions of immunity.”
“I broke down many times as the indignities of repeated handcuffing, stripping and cavity searches, swabbing, in a holdup with common criminals and drug addicts were all being imposed upon me despite my incessant assertions of immunity,” she wrote.
An Indian official with direct knowledge of the case confirmed to The Associated Press that the email was authentic. The official spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the case. He said India is trying to get the woman returned home.
Merkel also told Obama it is clear that the NSA can’t be trusted due to the massive amount of information Edward Snowden was able to leak, the New York Times reports.
Snowden is scheduled to testify on NSA spying to a European parliament inquiry next month. U.S. lawmakers are upset over the decision and are pressuring the EU to cancel the testimony.
Rep. Mike Rodgers (R-Mich.) told the Guardian that inviting Snowden, “who is wanted in the U.S. and has jeopardized the lives of U.S. soldiers,” was irresponsible of the European parliament. When asked about Merkel’s alleged conversation with Obama, Rogers called it a “conversation that may or may not have occurred.”