An internal whistleblower from the Danish secret service revealed how the agency worked with the US NSA to conduct national surveillance.
Speaking to the Danish public broadcaster DR, several sources who read the whistleblower reports alleged that Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste (FE), together with the NSA, had participated in a possible illegal surveillance and used landing stations for submarine cables and fiber optic cables have. In addition to setting up a data center to store all data.
The whistleblower claimed the NSA used the data to advance American interests, sometimes to the detriment of the Danish state. It is unclear when exactly the surveillance began, and whistleblower reports detail the incidents between 2014 and 2016.
In order to store all the data, Denmark, with the help of the United States, built a data center on the Sandagergrd military base on the island of Amager. The NSA had full access to the data center.
Sources told DR that the whistleblower reports document how the NSA used the Xkeyscore spy program to spy on Danish targets as well as those in Denmark’s closest neighbors.
XKeyscore, previously detailed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, is an NSA data retrieval system that allows the agency to continuously search for keywords and targets.
As part of their research, the NSA looked for information about the defense company in Terma. He also used his login to look for messages relating to Eurofighter GmbH and Saab launching their Typhoon and Gripen fighters for the F-16 replacement program. Ultimately, the US-made Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter won the order.
The Danish national auditing agency Rigsrevisionen previously examined the decision on the contract for $ 3.1 billion. At that time, he found no signs of undue influence, but found serious flaws in the decision-making process.
The complainant’s reports state that the searches carried out against defense companies, Danish social institutions and neighboring countries such as France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden were “directed against Danish interests and objectives”.
The news comes as the agency comes under scrutiny in Denmark. In August this year, the Intelligence Services Authority took the unprecedented move of issuing a press release criticizing the FE.
This was due to FE’s collaboration with the NSA, although at the time it was not publicly known that the collaboration was against Danish interests. The whistleblower report also appeared in the Dans Intelligence Service (TET) FE investigation which found that the agency was hiding information from TET and sometimes lying openly.
Some FE staff were fired as a result of the investigation, but no findings of illegality were made.
Photo: Forsvarets Efterretningstjeneste military base
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