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Exclusive: UK’s secret Mid-East internet surveillance base is revealed in Edward Snowden leaks

Posted By admin On August 23, 2013 @ 5:42 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

DUNCAN CAMPBELL , OLIVER WRIGHT , JAMES CUSICK , KIM SENGUPTA
London Independent [1]
August 23, 2013

Britain runs a secret internet-monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept and process vast quantities of emails, telephone calls and web traffic on behalf of Western intelligence agencies, The Independent has learnt.

The station is able to tap into and extract data from the underwater fibre-optic cables passing through the region.

The information is then processed for intelligence and passed to GCHQ in Cheltenham and shared with the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States. The Government claims the station is a key element in the West’s “war on terror” and provides a vital “early warning” system for potential attacks around the world.

The Independent is not revealing the precise location of the station but information on its activities was contained in the leaked documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden. The Guardian newspaper’s reporting on these documents in recent months has sparked a dispute with the Government, with GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives containing the data.

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[1] London Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-uks-secret-mideast-internet-surveillance-base-is-revealed-in-edward-snowden-leaks-8781082.html

[2] U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage in leaks about NSA surveillance programs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-charges-edward-snowden-with-espionage-in-leaks-about-nsa-surveillance-programs.html

[3] Edward Snowden: US surveillance ‘not something I’m willing to live under’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/edward-snowden-us-surveillance-not-something-im-willing-to-live-under.html

[4] Cheney calls Edward Snowden ‘traitor,’ says Rand Paul wrong about surveillance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cheney-calls-edward-snowden-%e2%80%98traitor%e2%80%99-says-rand-paul-wrong-about-surveillance.html

[5] NSA PRISM Leaker Edward Snowden May Soon Disappear: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-prism-leaker-eric-snowden-may-soon-disappear.html

[6] Edward Snowden is no ‘traitor’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/edward-snowden-is-no-traitor.html

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