Australia’s electronic spy agency is using the nation’s embassies to intercept phone calls and internet data in neighbouring countries, according to new information disclosed by intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden and a former Australian intelligence officer.
The secret Defence Signals Directorate operates clandestine surveillance facilities at embassies without the knowledge of most Australian diplomats.
Fairfax Media has been told that signals intelligence collection occurs from Australian embassies in Jakarta, Bangkok, Hanoi, Beijing and Dili, the high commissions in Kuala Lumpur and Port Moresby and other diplomatic posts.
A secret US National Security Agency document leaked by Mr Snowden and published by Germany’s Der Speigel magazine reveals a highly sensitive signals intelligence collection program conducted from US embassies and consulates and from the diplomatic missions of other “Five Eyes” intelligence partners, including Australia, Britain and Canada.
This is getting to be pretty funny. And, a bit maddening. If the LSM and other news outlets don’t stop with this stupidity, I’m going to have a stroke.
Shock news!!!! Countries spy on each other!!!!
I’m having a difficult time imagining what the surprised people seemed to think what certain organizations were for?
What does the CIA and the NSA do as a function for the US? What does SIS and MI6 do? What are they suppose to be doing? What about ASIS and the DSD do for Australia? What about CSIS/SCRS for Canada? Did we think these were just groups of people hanging out waiting around for something?
The cynic in me is saying this is all staged. This isn’t a story here. We’ve spy agencies, and spy agencies engage in spying and intelligence gathering. IT’S WHAT THEY DO!!!!
There is a much larger story here which is being supplanted by these stories. The story isn’t whether or not our spy agencies are spying. And, it’s not a newsflash that we’d actually spy on our allies.
But, while we’re hear discussing who our agencies are spying on, why doesn’t the world’s media actually ask the question they’re not asking? Who are they spying on? In the US, we already know our NSA is spying on US citizens. I don’t mind that the NSA spies on foreigners, either in our out country. It horrifies me that they’re spying on American citizens.
But, then let me ask you this. If the US, Australia, Canada, the U.K. are collaborating in their efforts with foreign agencies, what makes you think they’re not collaborating domestically? Well, we absolutely know that they are.
Merkel is upset that the US is spying on her. But, I don’t recall screams of protests when it was obvious that German authorities were collaborating with US authorities on their own citizens.
That’s the story!!! Now, how much of this information is a two-way street? That is to say, how much information on US citizens is our NSA sharing with our allies, and how much on our allied citizens is coming back to the US? And, visa versa. It’s a tit for tat.
People, it’s a horrid new world out there. We’d best start to realize what’s happening.