As many anonymous sources as necessary
Sultan Shahin of the Asia Times writes that American ‘spying’ in India’s north-eastern states has raised hackles among the Indian armed forces. So much that the Indian armed forces are sending ‘distress’ signals to the media — as it happens, to Asia Times, an online newspaper that is almost unknown in India.
Contrary to the title, Shahin does not actually cite any evidence of any actual American spying. A lot of anonymous military sources combine with writer’s prejudices to form this fantastic story. For example, the training of US military personnel in the Indian army’s jungle warfare school in Mizoram leads him to insinuate that the Americans could actually begin spying there. By this token it would be fair for the Americans to allege that the Indian air force was up to similar mischief when it trained with the Americans in remote Alaska this year.
The very first sentence of Shahin’s article gives the game away — the Indian armed forces may at times be unhappy with the government’s policies; but they do not send distress signals through the press.