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04 August, 2015

Snowden leaks confirm ECHELON

NSA documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden confirm the existence of ECHELON, a secret surveillance network spying on satellite communications. Set up by the US and the UK in the 1960s, ECHELON was the precursor of today’s global dragnet. The revelations vindicated the work of British investigative journalist Duncan Campbell, who first wrote about ECHELON’s existence in 1988 and continued writing about the program for the next 27 years.”

NSA newsletters cited by The Intercept confirm that the program was set up in 1966, just a year after the first communication satellites were launched into Earth orbit. The dragnet was codenamed FROSTING, and consisted of two sub-programs. While TRANSIENT was targeting Soviet Union’s satellite communications, Western satellite signals were to be harvested by ECHELON. Eventually, all satellite surveillance was merged into FORNSAT, a global program exposed by the Snowden revelations.”

The first ECHELON receivers were set up at Bude, in Cornwall, for monitoring signals sent by Intelsat satellites over the Atlantic. A secondary site at Yakima, near Seattle in the northwestern US, became operational in 1974 and intercepted communications over the Pacific. Both stations were managed from the NSA headquarters, using communications networks called STARBURST and OCEANFRONT, [...] Despite the repeated denials of ECHELON’s existence by GCHQ and NSA, the European Parliament launched an investigation in 1999. Internal NSA reports contained in the Snowden Archive show NSA officials comparing the European investigators to pigs wallowing in dirt. The EP’s final report recommended extensive measures to curb mass surveillance. It was passed on September 5, 2001.”

In June 2013, NSA contractor Edward Snowden decided to blow the whistle on the agency’s mass surveillance of Americans, handing over an archive of documents to journalist Glenn Greenwald. When the US government revoked his passport, stranding him in Moscow’s airport, Snowden applied for asylum in Russia, where he has lived since.”

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