EXCLUSIVE: The Independent Claims 'Snowden Leaks' Reveal Secret Middle East Internet Surveillance BaseSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 02:43
EXCLUSIVE: the Independent Claims that Snowden Leaks Reveal Secret Middle East Internet Surveillance Base
Duncan Campbell, Oliver Wright, James Cusick, Kim Sengupta Thursday 22 August 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.