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Date: 1999-11-03

AU: Neuer Zeuge für ECHELON

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Der australische Inspector General of Intelligence and
Security Bill Blick hat auf Anfrage der BBC bestätigt, dass
das Abhör/netzwerk ECHELON existiert.
Mit dem Chef des Defense Signal Directorate gibt es bereits
weltweit zwei offizielle Stellen, die Anfragen zu ECHELON
positiv beantwortet haben. Sie stammen beide aus
downunder AU.

aus AU,

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By Andrew Bomford of BBC Radio 4's PM programme

Imagine a global spying network that can eavesdrop on every
single phone call, fax or e-mail, anywhere on the planet.

It sounds like science fiction, but it's true.

Two of the chief protagonists - Britain and America - officially
deny its existence. But the BBC has confirmation from the
Australian Government that such a network really does exist
and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are calling for an

On the North Yorkshire moors above Harrogate they can be
seen for miles, but still they are shrouded in secrecy. Around
30 giant golf balls, known as radomes, rise from the US
military base at Menwith Hill.
Inside is the world's most sophisticated eavesdropping
technology, capable of listening-in to satellites high above the

The base is linked directly to the headquarters of the US
National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Mead in Maryland,
Every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio
transmission can be listened to by powerful computers
capable of voice recognition. They home in on a long list of
key words, or patterns of messages. They are looking for
evidence of international crime, like terrorism.

Open Oz

The network is so secret that the British and American
Governments refuse to admit that Echelon even exists. But
another ally, Australia, has decided not to be so coy.

The man who oversees Australia's security services,
Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Bill Blick, has
confirmed to the BBC that their Defence Signals Directorate
(DSD) does form part of the network.

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