Snowden Reveals Australia’s Links To US Spy Web

United States intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has provided his first disclosure of Australian involvement in US global surveillance, identifying four facilities in the country that contribute to a key American intelligence collection program.

Classified US National Security Agency maps leaked by Mr Snowden and  published by US journalist Glenn Greenwald in the Brazilian O Globo newspaper reveal the locations of dozens of US and allied signals intelligence  collection sites that contribute to interception of telecommunications and  internet traffic worldwide.

The US Australian Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs and  three Australian Signals Directorate facilities: the Shoal Bay Receiving Station  near Darwin, the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Facility at  Geraldton and the naval communications station HMAS Harman outside Canberra are  among contributors to the NSA’s collection program codenamed X-Keyscore.

The New Zealand Government Security Communications Bureau facility at Waihopai  near Blenheim also contributes to the program.